The OAH in St. Louis

David Montgomery

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 OAH in St. Louis

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In this chapter, David Montgomery, who served as president of the Organization of American Historians (OAH) in 2000, provides a richly detailed and peopled account of an unusual annual meeting, held in St. Louis, when the OAH and a hotel chain clashed over charges of racial discrimination by the chain against African American patrons. He compares the episode with the decision during the 1950s against holding a meeting in New Orleans. This time, all OAH business was rapidly moved out of the headquarters hotel. The episode was, he concludes, “a lesson in what cooperation can accomplish”.

Keywords: David Montgomery; Organization of American Historians; historical associations; presidents; annual meeting; racial discrimination; African Americans

Chapter.  2447 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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