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

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

by Richard S. Kirkendall (Editor)

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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 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 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 dynamic growth, 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 book emphasizes 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199790579
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/01/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Part I: The Institutional and Political History of the MVHA-OAH
Chapter 1: The Rise of a Modern and Democratic Learned Society- Stanley N. Katz (Princeton University)
Chapter 2: The Mississippi Valley Historical Association, 1907-1952- Michael Kammen (Cornell University)
Chapter 3: From the MVHA to the OAH, 1951-1981-Richard S. Kirkendall (University of Washington)
Chapter 4: The OAH in Troublesome Times, 1980-2000- Arnita Jones (American Historical Association)
Chapter 5: One Hundred Years of History: Extraordinary Change, Persistent Challenges- William Chafe (Duke University)
Part II: The MVHA-OAH and the Fields of History
Chapter 6: The Most Appropriate Subjects- William E. Leuchtenburg (University of North Carolina
Chapter 7: Persistence of Political History- James T. Patterson (Brown University)
Chapter 8: The Continental Empire and the Global Power- Richard S. Kirkendall
Chapter 9: Economic History and American Historians: From Integration to Segregation in One Century- Gavin Wright (Stanford University)
Chapter 10: The Battle for Military History: Success or Failure?- Edward M. Coffman (University of Wisconsin)
Chapter 11: The Challenges to Traditional Histories- Joan Hoff (Montana State University)
Chapter 12: Social History and Intellectual History- James T. Kloppenberg (Harvard University)
Chapter 13: The Long and Influential Life of Social History in the Review and the Journal- Stephanie Shaw (Ohio State University)
Chapter 14: The MVHR, the JAH, and Intellectual History: From Margin to Mainstream- David A. Hollinger (University of California, Berkeley)
Chapter 15: Immigration and the Tattered Narrative of Progressive History- John Bodnar (Indiana University)
Chapter 16: The Slow Rise to Prominence of African American History- Arvarh Strickland (University of Missouri) and Richard S. Kirkendall
Chapter 17: Woman's History: From Neglect to Prominence and to Integration- Alice Kessler-Harris (Columbia University)
Chapter 18: The Presence of Native American History- Frederick E. Hoxie (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Chapter 19: The Wild One: Environmental History as Red-Headed Stepchild- Karl Brooks (University of Kansas/ U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
Chapter 20: The History That Dare Not Speak Its Name- Kathy Peiss (University of Pennsylvania)
Chapter 21: How Disciplinary Change Happens- Thomas Bender (New York University)
Part III: Editing the Journal Chapter 22: A Learned Journal Adjusts to Change- Lewis C. Perry (St. Louis University)
Chapter 23: Editing and the Challenges of Specialization, Audiences, Sites of Practice- David Thelen (Indiana University)
Chapter 24: Putting Together American History- Joanne Meyerowitz (Yale University)
Chapter 25: Becoming the Editor- Edward T. Linenthal (Indiana University)
Part IV: The MVHA-OAH and the Teaching of History
Chapter 26: The Shouldering of Responsibilities- Gary B. Nash (University of California, Los Angeles)
Chapter 27: The MVHA and Teaching: A Strained Relationship- Ron Briley (Sandia Preparatory School, Albuquerque, New Mexico)
Chapter 28: Why a Focus on Teaching Day?- Marjorie Bingham (St. Louis Park High School, Minnesota)
Chapter 29: The OAH and the Community College Professoriate- Charles A. Zappia (San Diego Mesa College)
Chapter 30: The Recent Years-Timothy N. Thurber (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Chapter 31: A Plea for Equality- Leon Litwack (University of California, Berkeley)
Part V: The MVHA-OAH and Public History
Chapter 32: Public History: Past and Present- Spencer Crew (George Mason University)
Chapter 33: Historians in the Federal Government- Donald A. Ritchie (U.S. Senate Historical Office)
Chapter 34: Discovering Public History in an Unlikely Place: University of California, Santa Barbara, 1976 and After- Otis L. Graham, Jr. (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Chapter 35: Public History and the Academy: A Continuum of Practice- Marla R. Miller (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Part VI: Presidential Memories
Chapter 36: The Sitting President Looks On — Uncomfortably- Richard White (Stanford University)
Chapter 37: The Transformation of the Annual Meeting- Richard W. Leopold
Chapter 38: The Warm Memories of a Life Member- Carl Degler (Stanford University)
Chapter 39: The Third Woman in the Presidency- Anne Firor Scott (Duke University)
Chapter 40: The OAH in Philadelphia: The Musical- Leon Litwack
Chapter 41: History's Public Function- Eric Foner (Columbia University)
Chapter 42: The OAH in St. Louis: The Protest- David Montgomery (Yale University
Afterword- Katherine Mandusic Finley (Organization of American Historians)
Notes on Contributors
The Officers, 1907-2010

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