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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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The OAH in St. Louis

The OAH in St. Louis

The Protest

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(p.351) 42 The OAH in St. Louis
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The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History
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David Montgomery

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790562.003.0042

In this chapter, David Montgomery, who served as president of the Organization of American Historians (OAH) in 2000, provides a richly detailed and peopled account of an unusual annual meeting, held in St. Louis, when the OAH and a hotel chain clashed over charges of racial discrimination by the chain against African American patrons. He compares the episode with the decision during the 1950s against holding a meeting in New Orleans. This time, all OAH business was rapidly moved out of the headquarters hotel. The episode was, he concludes, “a lesson in what cooperation can accomplish”.

Keywords:   David Montgomery, Organization of American Historians, historical associations, presidents, annual meeting, racial discrimination, African Americans

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