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Richard F. Nation


 701-E Pray-Harrold



Ph.D., University of Michigan
A.M., University of Michigan 
B.A., Wesleyan University

Professional Associations/Memberships

Representative Courses Taught

HIST 123 The United States to 1877
HIST 416 American Environmental History
HIST 541 The United States, 1825-1860: Ferment and Reform


Interests and Expertise

Richard Nation specializes in the social and cultural history of the rural Midwest. His research is focused on the state of Indiana. He is currently at work on a history of vigilantism and lynching in that state from the Civil War to World War I. 

Professor Nation teaches a wide variety of classes, from the Age of Jackson to the Old South and American environmental history. 

Selected Publications

"The Politics of Slavery," Indiana's Civil War 150th Commemoration - 2011-2015, Indiana Historical Bureau.

Co-editor, Indiana’s War: The Civil War in Documents (Ohio University Press, 2009).

At Home in the Hoosier Hills: Agriculture, Politics, and Religion in Southern Indiana, 1810-1870 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005).

“Violence and the Rights of African Americans in Civil War-Era Indiana: The Case of James Hays,” Indiana Magazine of History 100 (2004): 215-30.