The Slow Rise to Prominence of African American History

Arvarh E. Strickland and Richard S. Kirkendall

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

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199790562
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896820 | DOI:
The Slow Rise to Prominence of African American History

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This chapter discusses how the field of African American history became one of the major fields in the Organization of American Historians (OAH). In the early years, attention was confined to the book review section and largely devoted to the work of Carter Woodson. Not until 1945 did the magazine carry its first article by an African American historian. Six years later, an African American appeared for the first time on the program of the annual meeting; and in 1953, the meeting devoted its first full session to African American history. In the 1960s, the historical profession felt the heavy demand for change in race relations; African American history gained recognition as a viable field for study and research, and the prominence of the field now offers evidence of the democratization of the OAH.

Keywords: African American history; Organization of American Historians; African American historians; Carter Woodson; race relations

Chapter.  9269 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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