In an effort to highlight the diverse range of scholarship at the upcoming annual meeting, we’re featuring different sessions on the blog each week.
Twenty-five years ago, American Civil War historian James McPherson published his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Oxford University Press). McPherson’s text, now regarded as a standard read in university courses, integrates political, social, and military events to explain the causes and progression of the war. Praised for balancing narrative and analysis and attacked for challenging long-standing myths, Battle Cry’s influence on the historiography of the Civil War era is indisputable.
This past June a number of staff from the AHA and I had the opportunity to serve as judges in the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest, held at the University of Maryland-College Park.
In the October issue of Perspectives on History, AHA executive director James Grossman writes about revisionism and history education in the US.
“It’s our history, don’t make it mystery!”
The print edition of Perspectives on History, after its usual three-month hiatus, is now on its way to members’ mailboxes.
Each week we scour the web for interesting and historic documents that catch our eye.
On May 20, 2014, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled that the Central Intelligence Agency did not have to release the last volume of its own in-house history of the Bay of Pigs fiasco.
In the summer issue of Perspectives on History, published online, historians wrote about the historical context of the Supreme Court decision on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.