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.

Sept. 2015

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 OAH Annual Meeting

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

  • 2016 Providence, Rhode Island
    April 7–10
    Westin Providence
  • 2017 New Orleans, Louisiana
    April 6–9
    New Orleans Marriott
  • 2018 Sacramento, California
    April 12–16 Sacramento Convention Center, Hyatt Regency Sacramento, Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel

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

JAH Podcast

The podcast section of the JAH Web site ( houses interviews with several JAH authors. Our most recent podcast features Rachel Hope Cleves talking about her March 2015 article “‘What, Another Female Husband?’: The Prehistory of Same-Sex Marriage in America.” 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.

Civil War at 150 Podcast

Ed Linenthal, the editor of the JAH, talks with Mark Smith, Carolina Distinguished Professor of History at the University of South Carolina and the author of The Smell of Battle, the Taste of Siege: A Sensory History of the Civil War (2014). You can listen to this June 2014 conversation for free at

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.

Revised David Thelen Award

The OAH David Thelen Award is now open to new unpublished and published non-English-language scholarship. The Organization of American Historians gives the David Thelen Award biennially to the best article on American history written in a language other than English that illustrates how the understanding of American history can be interpreted differently when conceived in the scholarly or public debates of a nation other than the United States. The winning article will be published in translation in the JAH. Entries that have been previously published during 2013 and 2014 and new scholarship should be submitted by May 1, 2015.

For submission guidelines, see the OAH Web site: Submissions should be sent to Thelen Award Chair, Journal of American History, 1215 East Atwater Ave., Bloomington, Indiana 47401-3703, USA.


The Binkley-Stephenson Award for the best scholarly article published in the JAH during the preceding calendar year was presented to James D. Rice, “Bacon’s Rebellion in Indian Country,” which appeared in December 2014.

The Louis Pelzer Memorial Award for the best essay in American history submitted by a graduate student was given to Christopher M. Florio of Princeton University for his essay “From Poverty to Slavery: Abolitionists, Overseers, and the Global Struggle for Labor in India.” It will appear in a future issue of the JAH.

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.

2015 OAH Election Results

  1. President
      Jon Butler, Yale University
  2. President-Elect
      Nancy F. Cott, Harvard University
  3. Vice President
      Edward L. Ayers, University of Richmond
  4. Executive Board
      Karen Halttunen, University of Southern California
      James W. Oberly, University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire
      Stephanie J. Shaw, Ohio State University
  5. Nominating Board
      Margot Canaday, Princeton University
      Bruce A. Lesh, Franklin High School, Baltimore County (MD)
      Rhonda Y. Williams, Case Western Reserve University


In the March 2015 issue of the JAH, the affiliation of Brian Birdnow, writer of the letter to the editor on pages 1364–65, should be Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.

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