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

Hardcover | April 15, 2011

EditorRichard S. Kirkendall

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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 Americansthan 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 questionsand equitable treatment of all practitioners of history." This century-long history of the Organization of American Historians - and its predecessor, the Mississippi Valley Historical Association - explores the thinking and writing by professional historians on the history of the United States. It looks at the organization itself, its founding and dynamicgrowth, the changing composition of its membership and leadership, the emphasis over the years on teaching and public history, and pedagogical approaches and critical interpretations as played out in association publications, annual conferences, and advocacy efforts. The majority of the bookemphasizes the writing of the American story by offering a panorama of the fields of history and their development, moving from long-established ones such as political history and diplomatic history to more recent ones, including environmental history and the history of sexuality

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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 Americansthan at any time in its past. Much of this ...

Richard S. Kirkendall, the Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History Emeritus at the University of Washington, is a former Executive Secretary of the Organization of American Historians.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:392 pages, 6.42 × 9.41 × 1.18 inPublished:April 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart I: The Institutional and Political History of the MVHA-OAH1. Stanley N. Katz: The Rise of a Modern and Democratic Learned Society2. Michael Kammen: The Mississippi Valley Historical Association, 1907-19523. Richard S. Kirkendall: From the MVHA to the OAH, 1951-19814. Anita Jones: The OAH in Troublesome Times, 1980-20005. William Chafe: One Hundred Years of History: Extraordinary Change, Persistent ChallengesPart II: The MVHA-OAH and the Fields of History6. William E. Leuchtenburg: The Most Appropriate Subjects7. James T. Patterson: Persistence of Political History8. Richard S. Kirkendall: The Continental Empire and the Global Power9. Gavin Wright: Economic History and American Historians: From Integration to Segregation in One Century10. Edward M. Coffman: The Battle for Military History: Success or Failure?11. Joan Hoff: The Challenges to Traditional Histories12. James T. Kloppenberg: Social History and Intellectual History13. Stephanie Shaw: The Long and Influential Life of Social History in the Review and the Journal14. David A. Hollinger: The MVHR, the JAH, and Intellectual History: From Margin to Mainstream15. John Bodnar: Immigration and the Tattered Narrative of Progressive History16. Arvarh Strickland and Richard S. Kirkendall: The Slow Rise to Prominence of African American History17. Alice Kessler-Harris: Woman's History: From Neglect to Prominence and to Integration18. Frederick E. Hoxie: The Presence of Native American History19. Karl Brooks: The Wild One: Environmental History as Red-Headed Stepchild20. Kathy Peiss: The History That Dare Not Speak Its Name21. Thomas Bender: How Disciplinary Change HappensPart III: Editing the Journal22. Lewis C. Perry: A Learned Journal Adjusts to Change23. David Thelen: Editing and the Challenges of Specialization, Audiences, Sites of Practice24. Joanne Meyerowitz: Putting Together American History25. Edward T. Linenthal: Becoming the EditorPart IV: The MVHA-OAH and the Teaching of History26. Gary B. Nash: The Shouldering of Responsibilities27. Ron Briley: The MVHA and Teaching: A Strained Relationship28. Marjorie Bingham: Why a Focus on Teaching Day?29. Charles A. Zappia: The OAH and the Community College Professoriate30. Timothy N. Thurber: The Recent Years31. Leon Litwack: A Plea for EqualityPart V: The MVHA-OAH and Public History32. Spencer Screw: Public History: Past and Present33. Donald A. Ritchie: Historians in the Federal Government34. Otis L. Graham, Jr.: Discovering Public History in an Unlikely Place: University of California, Santa Barbara, 1976 and After35. Maria R. Miller: Public History and the Academy: A Continuum of PracticePart VI: Presidential Memories36. Richard White: The Sitting President Looks On -- Uncomfortably37. Richard W. Leopold: The Transformation of the Annual Meeting38. Carl Degler: The Warm Memories of a Life Member39. Anne Firor Scott: The Third Woman in the Presidency40. Leon Litwack: The OAH in Philadelphia: The Musical41. Eric Foner: History's Public Function42. David Montgomery: The OAH in St. Louis: The ProtestKatherine Mandusic: AfterwordNotes on ContributorsThe Officers, 1907-2010