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Call for Papers: Sex, Suffrage, Solidarities: Centennial Reappraisals

The year 2020 marks the centennial anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment. What are our obligations to this moment? What are the crucial questions and unresolved problems in the histories and historiographies of suffrage in the United States? The Journal of American History will observe the centennial with a sustained, multidimensional appraisal. From late 2019 through 2020, we intend to publish a variety of scholarly analyses across our many platforms. Our ambition is to foster creative thinking about the amendment, its discursive and material frameworks, and its complex, often-unanticipated legacies. Our theme for the project—Sex, Suffrage, Solidarities—is intended to provoke new questions about the amendment and the political, economic, and cultural transformations of which it has been a part.


We invite original papers on all topics pertaining to women’s suffrage. We seek essays that examine the work of activists, both before ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment and after. We welcome submissions that investigate the complicated linkages among suffrage, citizenship, identities, and differences. We encourage global, transnational, and/or comparative perspectives, particularly if they compel us to reperiodize or otherwise reassess conventional ways of thinking about campaigns for women’s rights or the project of adult citizenship more broadly. We welcome research articles but will also receive proposals for other genres or formats of scholarly prose.


The deadline for consideration in our Sex, Suffrage, Solidarities series is August 2019. For JAH submission guidelines, please visit http://jah.oah.org/submit/articles/.


We also seek submissions on these themes for the OAH member magazine, The American Historian (submission guidelines may be found at http://tah.oah.org/submissions/), and for our blog, Process: a blog for American history (submission guidelines may be found at http://www.processhistory.org/about/).

Posted: November 27, 2018
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Ben Irvin Announced as Next Executive Editor of the Journal of American History

The OAH is pleased to announce that Benjamin H. Irvin, associate professor at the University of Arizona, has been named the new Executive Editor of the Journal of American History and associate professor in the department of history at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the author of Clothed in Robes of Sovereignty: The Continental Congress and the People Out of Doors (2011). Irvin has worked on the editorial boards or staffs of Common-Place: The Journal of Early American Life, History Compass, and the Journal of American History. He is also a Distinguished Lecturer with the Organization of American Historians.

Irvin will begin his term as Executive Editor of the Journal of American History in August 2017.


Posted: October 19, 2016
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Past Forward: Articles from the Journal of American History

Hot off the presses! We've just received our copies of Past Forward: Articles from the Journal of American History, volumes 1 and 2. They're perfect companions for AP US history classes and for college-level surveys.

Volume 1, focusing on the period before the Civil War, includes abridged articles by Edmund Morgan, Juliana Barr, Gary Nash, Stephanie McCurry, and Walter Johnson. Volume 2, on the Civil War to the present, features pieces by Kate Masur, Eric Foner, Nancy Cott, Mae Ngai, Alice Kessler-Harris, Mary Dudziak, Heather Ann Thompson, and others.

Posted: September 15, 2016
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Brian Goldstein on Architecture, Planning, and the Black Power Movement

From our September issue, Brian Goldstein's article on "'The Search for New Forms': Black Power and the Making of the Postmodern City" is open to the public. On Process, he describes his article and its genesis. 

Posted: September 15, 2016
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Chris Rasmussen on JAH Article

In the June 2016 issue of the Journal of American History, Chris Rasmussen published the article "'This thing has ceased to be a joke': The Veterans of Future Wars and the Meanings of Political Satire in the 1930s." In a blog post at the JAH's blog Process, Rasmussen discusses how he got started on his topic as well as the pleasure of researching a satirical organization. 

Posted: July 28, 2016
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Teaching the JAH: Robert Morrissey

"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
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Classic JAH Article Wins Online Tournament

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
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Round Table on George Kennan and Emotions

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
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The OAH Annual Meeting

Future annual meetings of the Organization of American Historians are as follows:

For further information, write to: OAH Annual Meeting Information, 112 North Bryan Ave., Bloomington, Indiana 47408-4141, USA; or see the OAH Web site: http://www.oah.org/meetings-events/.

Posted: October 16, 2014
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Call for Papers: African American Freedom Movement

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Posted: October 15, 2014
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Call for Papers: Civil War

During the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the Journal of American History would like to encourage the submission of articles that explore all aspects of the conflict.

Posted: October 14, 2014
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JAH Podcast

The Journal of American History has launched a podcast section of our Web site 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 http://www.journalofamericanhistory.org/podcast.

Posted: October 13, 2014
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Civil War at 150 Podcast

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
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Article Submissions

All articles submitted to the Journal of American History must now include an abstract. The abstract must be on a separate page from the body of the article and may not be longer than 500 words.

Posted: October 11, 2014
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Submit or Update Your Reviewer Data Sheet

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
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