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

Edited by Richard S. Kirkendall

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199790562
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896820 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790562.001.0001
The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History

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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.

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

Book.  392 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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

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The Rise of a Modern and Democratic Learned Society in The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History

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The Mississippi Valley Historical Association, 1907–1952 in The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History

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From the MVHA to the OAH, 1951–1981 in The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History

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The OAH in Troublesome Times, 1980–2000 in The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History

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One Hundred Years of History in The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History

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The Most Appropriate Subjects for Study in The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History

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The Persistence of Political History in The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History

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The Continental Empire and the Global Power in The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History

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

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