Journal of American History

Welcome to the Journal of American History (JAH) online. Published four times a year by the Organization of American Historians, the JAH is the leading scholarly publication and the journal of record in American history. In addition to our print issues, the JAH creates a wide range of online projects, including our biannual Teaching the JAH and special projects such as “Through the Eye of Katrina,” “American Faces,” and “Oil in American History.“ Organization of American Historians (OAH) members also have access to our vast citation database, Recent Scholarship Online. The JAH makes selected content freely available, including Web site reviews, the “Textbooks and Teaching” section, and the “Recent Scholarship” print listing. See individual issue pages for details.

June 2014

The Journal of American History: issn 0021-8723 is published by the Organization of American Historians and printed in March, June, September, and December by Oxford University Press.



The Journal of American History is pleased to publish Cameron Blevins, “Space, Nation, and the Triumph of Region: A View of the World from Houston,” as part of Metagraph, a series of original research articles and feature reviews that highlight the evolution of the monograph in an age of digital media and methods. This article appears in the June 2014 issue, with accompanying digital material available at: The works published and reviewed as part of Metagraph conform to high standards for scholarship and challenge us to consider how we document, interpret, and narrate the past. This section is especially concerned with works that combine the traditional formats of the research article and the book with dynamic content that is difficult and perhaps even impossible to replicate on the printed page. As with all of our submissions, our internal and external readers’ evaluations of this article focused on its careful use of evidence, the clarity of its presentation, and the persuasiveness and significance of its interpretation.

The OAH Annual Meeting

Future annual meetings of the Organization of American Historians are as follows:

  • 2015 St. Louis, Missouri
    April 16–19
    Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel and America’s Center
  • 2016 Providence, Rhode Island
    April 7–10
    Westin Providence
  • 2017 New Orleans, Louisiana
    April 6–9
    New Orleans Marriott

For further information, write to: OAH Annual Meeting Information, 112 North Bryan Ave., Bloomington, Indiana 47408-4141, USA; or see the OAH Web site:

Call for Papers: African American Freedom Movement

Please join the Journal of American History in its exploration of the African American freedom movement, focusing on the history, meaning, and legacies of the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 1960s. Over the next three years, we invite scholars to submit articles that address the events of those years and illuminate new ways of thinking about the historical significance of that momentous time. Specialists in all fields of history are encouraged to submit their work for consideration.

Call for Papers: Civil War

During the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the Journal of American History would like to encourage the submission of articles that explore all aspects of the conflict.

JAH Podcast

The Journal of American History has launched a podcast section of our Web site where interviews with several JAH authors are available. Our most recent podcast features Barbara Young Welke talking about her June 2014 article “The Cowboy Suit Tragedy: Spreading Risk, Owning Hazard in the Modern American Consumer Economy.” We will regularly be posting interviews with other JAH authors as well.

In the future we hope also to bring you podcasts of conversations with award-winning authors of books on American history. Anyone may listen to and download these high-quality audio files for free at

Civil War at 150 Podcast

In our latest podcast, Ed Linenthal, the editor of the JAH, talks with D. Scott Hartwig, a supervisory park historian at the Gettysburg National Military Park. Hartwig has worked at the Gettysburg park for 33 years, and in this podcast they discuss Gettysburg as a turning point in the Civil War. You can listen to this July 2013 conversation for free.

Article Submissions

All articles submitted to the Journal of American History must now include an abstract. The abstract must be on a separate page from the body of the article and may not be longer than 500 words.

Submit or Update Your Reviewer Data Sheet

The Journal of American History is always looking for qualified reviewers for books and articles. To make the best matches between reviewers and books or articles being reviewed, we need our reviewer information to be as complete and up-to-date as possible. It is crucial that prospective reviewers submit or update a JAH reviewer data sheet, which indicates areas of interest and publications.


Hidetaka Hirota’s article “The Moment of Transition: State Officials, the Federal Government, and the Formation of American Immigration Policy” in the March 2013 issue of the JAH has won the 2013–2014 James Madison Prize from the Society for History in the Federal Government for excellence in an article or essay that deals with any aspect of the history of the federal government.

The Binkley-Stephenson Award for the best scholarly article published in the JAH during the preceding calendar year was presented to Sarah E. Cornell, “Citizens of Nowhere: Fugitive Slaves and Free African Americans in Mexico, 1833–1857,” which appeared in September 2013.

The Louis Pelzer Memorial Award Committee invites candidates for graduate degrees to submit essays for the Louis Pelzer Memorial Award competition. Essays may deal with any period or topic in the history of the United States. The winning essay will be published in the JAH. In addition, the OAH presents $500 to the winner. The deadline for entries for the 2014 competition is December 1, 2014.

For submission guidelines, visit the OAH Web site. Manuscripts should be addressed to Pelzer Award Chair, Journal of American History, 1215 East Atwater Ave., Bloomington, Indiana 47401-3703, USA.

The Organization of American Historians gives the David Thelen Award biennially to the best article on American history that has been published in a language other than English. The winning article will be published in translation in the JAH. The deadline for entries published during 2013 and 2014 is May 1, 2015.

For submission guidelines, see the OAH Web site. Please submit five copies of the entry, along with one- or two-page essay in English explaining why the article is a significant and original contribution to our understanding of American history, to Thelen Award Chair, Journal of American History, 1215 East Atwater Ave., Bloomington, Indiana 47401-3703, USA.

2014 OAH Election Results


  • Patricia Limerick, University of Colorado


  • Jon Butler, Yale University

Vice President

  • Nancy F. Cott, Harvard University

Executive Board

  • James R. Barrett, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • James T. Kloppenburg, Harvard University
  • Barbara Clark Smith, National Museum of American History

Nominating Board

  • Joseph Crespino, Emory University
  • Kathleen Franz, American University
  • Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, University of Wisconsin, Madison


On the “Tribute Gifts to the OAH 2014” page that appears at the end of the March 2014 issue of the JAH, the names William Leuchtenburg and John David Smith should both appear in the “In Honor of” list.

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