The History That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Kathy Peiss

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 History That Dare Not Speak Its Name

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This chapter discusses how the history of sexuality was virtually absent from the Mississippi Valley Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians (OAH) before the 1970s and did not regularly appear until the 1990s. Historians were slower to take up this topic than practitioners of several other disciplines, and some historians presented their findings in other vehicles. In the Journal of American History, the first article did not appear until 1968; the first session at an annual meeting followed in 1971, but very little else showed up in either site during the next two decades. Acceptance and legitimacy within the OAH did not come until the 1990s. The chapter discusses what more needs to be done to grow this field, including a recommendation that the profession should define historical significance.

Keywords: American history; history of sexuality; Mississippi Valley Historical Association; Organization of American Historians; Journal of American History

Chapter.  5401 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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