Sometimes, when an issue of Perspectives is coming together, the editors will notice a theme linking several articles together, entirely unintentionally.
The September issue of Perspectives on History has arrived in the mailboxes of AHA members and is also available on our website.
Just last week, in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court ruled that marriage is a constitutional right for all Americans. But the majority and the dissenters relied on very different conceptions of the history of marriage.
Joseph Locke and Ben Wright wrote the article “A Free and Open Alternative to Traditional History Textbooks” for the March issue of Perspectives on History. AHA staff Shatha Almutawa and Stephanie Kingsley talked to Joe and Ben about their open textbook project, The American Yawp. Joe is a historian of modern America, and Ben is a historian of America and the Atlantic world.
How did you decide which topics would be covered in the American Yawp?
The American Historical Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Allison Miller as editor of Perspectives on History.
“A spectre is haunting our time: the spectre of the short term.” This sentence, echoing one of the most influential texts of the modern world, is how historians Jo Guldi and David Armitage begin their own manifesto calling for historians to return to the longue durée. Only this approach, the authors argue, will enable us to engage in current debates and counter the short-term horizons that characterize so much discourse in the public sphere.
Since its publication last year, The History Manifesto has elicited numerous responses and provoked impassioned debate.
Every year in the February and March issues of Perspectives on History AHA staff reflect on our annual meeting, which is held in the beginning of January.
In the final chapter of Discipline and Punish Michel Foucault places the moment of the ultimate creation of the modern penal system in France in 1840 with the opening of the Mettray colony for delinquent boys.