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The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History

Richard S. Kirkendall


The field of American history has undergone remarkable expansion in the past century, all of it reflecting a broadening of the historical enterprise and democratization of its coverage. Today, the shape of the field takes into account the interests, identities, and narratives of more Americans than at any time in its past. Much of this change can be seen through the history of the Organization of American Historians, which, as its mission states, “promotes excellence in the scholarship, teaching, and presentation of American history, and encourages wide discussion of historical questions and e ... More

Keywords: American history, Organization of American Historians, Mississippi Valley Historical Association, teaching, public history, annual conferences, historians, political history, diplomatic history, environmental history

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199790562
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790562.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard S. Kirkendall, editor
University of Washington

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Richard S. Kirkendall

Part I The Institutional and Political History of the MVHA–OAH

Part II The MVHA–OAH and the Fields of History

16 The Slow Rise to Prominence of African American History

Arvarh E. Strickland and Richard S. Kirkendall

17 Women’s History

Alice Kessler-Harris

19 The Wild One

Karl Brooks

Part III Editing the Journal

25 Becoming the Editor

Edward T. Linenthal

Part IV The MVHA–OAH and the Teaching of History

30 The Recent Years

Timothy N. Thurber

31 A Plea for Equality

Leon F. Litwack

Part V The MVHA–OAH and Public History

32 Public History

Spencer R. Crew

Part VI Presidential Memories

37 The Transformation of the Annual Meeting

Richard W. Leopold (1912–2006)

40 The OAH in Philadelphia

Leon F. Litwack

42 The OAH in St. Louis

David Montgomery


Katherine Mandusic Finley