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The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History$
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Richard S. Kirkendall

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199790562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790562.001.0001

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Historians in the Federal Government

Historians in the Federal Government

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(p.306) 33 Historians in the Federal Government
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The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History
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Donald A. Ritchie

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790562.003.0033

Employees of the federal government have been doing historical work since 1861 and have facilitated historical work in countless ways. This chapter discusses how academic historians have dominated the Mississippi Valley Historical Association / the Organization of American Historians (OAH) over nearly its entire lifetime. The marginalization of federal historians for many years led to the formation in 1979 of the Society for History in the Federal Government. The OAH soon began to better accommodate these historians, and at the end of its first century chose one of them to serve as its president.

Keywords:   federal employees, federal historians, American history, Organization of American Historians, Society for History in the Federal Government

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