The Wild One

Karl Brooks

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 Wild One

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This chapter reviews the Mississippi Valley Historical Association-Organization of American Historians relationship with environmental history. It suggest that in the early period, the editors of the Mississippi Valley Historical Review recognized that place matters to people, but later editors, especially in the postwar period, did not give the field the encouragement they gave to the new social history. The failure to supply this help emphasizes the Journal's “conviction that people came first, last, and always.” Refusal to endorse environmental history's legitimacy until the 1990s and to bring it together with other fields prevented the discipline from becoming as strong as it could now be.

Keywords: American history; environmental history; American historians; Mississippi Valley Historical Association; Mississippi Valley Historical Review; Organization of American Historians

Chapter.  4263 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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