Thanks to everyone who contributed a suggestion to the 2018 Name that Cocktail! contest. We’ve aggregated our favorites and composed a Google Form to help facilitate voting. Vote for your three favorites. The top three will be available to order and enjoy at the Marriott Wardman Park, Omni Shoreham Hotel, and the Washington Hilton.
In the past year, historians have frequently been called upon to make meaning of news. From Confederate monuments and statues around the country to President Donald Trump’s travel ban executive orders, historians have answered the call to provide historical perspective and analysis. As AHA executive director Jim Grossman wrote recently in Perspectives, the assumption that “historians should have a voice in public culture and in public policy” is a guiding principle for the AHA’s agenda.
For the sixth year in a row, AHA annual meeting hotels will be offering signature cocktails at their bars. The libations will be available during AHA18 at the Marriott Wardman Park, Omni Shoreham Hotel, and the Washington Hilton. Now it’s up to you to help us give these cocktails historically relevant names!
By A J Aiséirithe
Before today’s protests against symbols of American nationalism, or debates about the place of the Confederacy in America’s history and memory, there was Frederick Douglass. In 1852, Douglass asked “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” and in 1870, he questioned the unceasing “laudation of the rebel chief” Robert E. Lee.
By Patrick Nugent, Erica Fugger, and Maria Betancur
Origins of the Oral History Jukebox
Patrick Nugent: The idea for the Oral History Jukebox began with a Google search: “audio examples oral history interview techniques pedagogy.” No luck.
By Alexandria Ruble, Scott Harrison, Jane Freeland, Adam Blackler, and Julie Ault
“Here’s a scenario,” I said to students in my course on the Holocaust. “Imagine that right now, the North Carolina state government issues an order that you must leave the state if you or your parents are not from here. How many of you are from North Carolina?” Most students in the class raised their hands. Then, I asked, “How many of you have parents from North Carolina?” Fewer students raised their hands.
Through its work, the AHA has learned that popular wisdom severely underestimates the value and versatility of a history degree. As the seat of the federal government, home to a battery of museums and archives, nonprofits, colleges and universities, and K–12 schools, the District of Columbia showcases many of the career paths open to historians. At the 2018 AHA annual meeting, we are taking full advantage of the diverse local community of historians to offer a slate of professional development activities that is bigger and more varied than ever.
By Ethan Ehrenhaft
Even before its use as a hashtag during the most recent presidential campaign, the phrase “drain the swamp” had a much more literal meaning to the residents of the District of Columbia. DC’s origins date back to 1791 when Congress approved purchase of land for a federally controlled capital. The district initially encompassed 100 square miles—most of which was covered by thick forests and insect-infested bogs. Upon arriving in 1800, Abigail Adams described DC as “a city only in name” in a letter to her sister.