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Historical Thinking in the Present: More on Disenfranchisement, Then and Now

By James Grossman and Allen Mikaelian

We wanted to call readers’ attention to the following, from Jonathan Bernstein at the Washington Post blog, The Plum Line:

“Some textbook treatments of the franchise in U.S. history treat voting as a gradual but sustained series of victories, taking the nation from propertied white men in the eighteenth century to, eventually, the vote for all adults eighteen and up. That story is wrong.

“A more accurate version of the story is that plenty of people who once had the vote then lost it.

Professional Organizations and Political Engagements: An OAH Discussion

OAH forum Professional Organizations and Political EngagementsIn advance of its upcoming annual meeting, the Organization of American Historians held an online forum on “Professional Organizations and Political Engagements.” Current and former members of the OAH Executive Board discussed the various complex issues related to requests for a scholarly society to support causes that might or might not be part of the mission of their organizations. The discussion will continue at a plenary session at the OAH annual meeting on Friday, April 20, 4:30 p.m.

AHA President William Cronon and Executive Director Jim Grossman were among the participants in the forum, which also included Jon Butler, Albert Camarillo, William Chafe, David Hollinger, Alice Kessler-Harris, Nancy MacLean, and Vicki Ruiz.

Five History Books Recommended by You

Last Thursday we asked: “What book or author has had the longest running impact on you?”

You quickly responded with great feedback on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, providing over 50 suggestions (see them all by clicking those links). Today, we’ve pulled out just five of your book picks, but we’re always interested in hearing more. Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments, and check out our social media pages on Thursday for our next weekly question.

Archives Experiences

Last week on the AHA’s Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter pages we asked our followers to “Tell us about an experience you’ve had in the archives.”

We received some great stories, and in case you missed them, we note a few below.

Archives Experience familyOn our Facebook wall, where a half dozen stories were posted,  Karen Cox wrote about finding a lock of Jefferson Davis’s hair, Gleb Tsipursky described an unexpected tea time in the stacks, and Anne Mitchell Whisnant shared her “I Found It in the Archives” article, where she tells the story of meeting her husband:

Almost everything good that has happened to me in the past twenty years came from one afternoon in an archive.