The Journal of American History
Welcome to the Journal of American History (JAH) online. Published four times a year by the Organization of American Historians (OAH), the JAH is the leading scholarly publication and the journal of record in American history. The JAH publishes articles, interchanges, states-of-the-field, and the OAH's yearly presidential address as well as reviews of books, digital history projects, exhibits, and movies.
In addition to our print issues, the JAH creates a wide range of online projects, including our biannual Teaching the JAH and special projects such as "Through the Eye of Katrina," "American Faces," and "Oil in American History." Organization of American Historians (OAH) members also have access to our vast citation database, Recent Scholarship Online.
The JAH makes selected content freely available, including the "Textbooks and Teaching" section and Teaching the JAH. A selection of JAH articles, interchanges, and states-of-the-field are also freely available to the public. See individual issue pages for details.
"Rethinking early Native American history is a difficult enterprise," Robert Morrissey argues. In the latest Teaching the Journal of American History, Robert Michael Morrissey provides a teaching supplement for his December 2015 article, "The Power of the Ecotone: Bison, Slavery, and the Rise and Fall of the Grand Village of the Kaskaskia." Morrissey includes six exercises that tackle the scarcity of primary sources from a Native American point of view. These exercises present students with interdisciplinary sources that they may not expect, such as ecological maps of biomes and soil, as well as more traditional sources like memoirs, letters, and excerpts from language dictionaries. By providing an opportunity to interact with a diverse group of documents, this teaching guide will encourage students to consider a more nuanced, demythologized history of Native Americans.
Posted: July 28, 2016
On April 8, 2016 the early American history blog The Junto announced the winner of its March Madness tournament to determine the best early American history article. With over 1,000 votes cast throughout the tournament, Edmund Morgan's June 1972 Journal of American History article "Slavery and Freedom: The American Paradox" triumphed. In second place was another JAH article by Jill Lepore, "Historians Who Love Too Much."
Over at the JAH and OAH blog Process, historian Benjamin Carp reflects on Morgan's 1972 article in terms of its place in the historiography of early America and its position within Morgan's scholarly trajectory.
Posted: May 5, 2016
The Journal of American History's blog Process hosted a four-part digital round table on Frank Costigliola's March 2016 JAH article. "'I React Intensely to Everything': Russia and the Frustrated Emotions of George Kennan." The full article is available online for free. The round table features an introduction from Costigliola, responses from historians David Milne and Laura Belmonte, and concluding thoughts from Costigliola.
Posted: May 5, 2016
The Journal of American History has launched a podcast section of our website where interviews with several JAH authors are available. Our most recent podcast features Barbara Young Welke talking about her June 2014 article "The Cowboy Suit Tragedy: Spreading Risk, Owning Hazard in the Modern American Consumer Economy." We will regularly be posting interviews with other JAH authors as well.
In the future we hope also to bring you podcasts of conversations with award-winning authors of books on American history. Anyone may listen to and download these high-quality audio files for free at https://jah.oah.org/podcast.
Posted: October 13, 2014
In our latest podcast, Ed Linenthal, the editor of the JAH, talks with D. Scott Hartwig, a supervisory park historian at the Gettysburg National Military Park. Hartwig has worked at the Gettysburg park for 33 years, and in this podcast they discuss Gettysburg as a turning point in the Civil War. You can listen to this July 2013 conversation for free.
Posted: October 12, 2014
The Journal of American History is always looking for qualified reviewers for books and articles. To make the best matches between reviewers and books or articles being reviewed, we need our reviewer information to be as complete and up-to-date as possible. It is crucial that prospective reviewers submit or update a JAH reviewer data sheet, which indicates areas of interest and publications.
Posted: October 10, 2014