Journal of American History

Welcome to the Journal of American History (JAH) online. Published four times a year by the Organization of American Historians, the JAH is the leading scholarly publication and the journal of record in American history. In addition to our print issues, the JAH creates a wide range of online projects, including our biannual Teaching the JAH and special projects such as “Through the Eye of Katrina,” “American Faces,” and “Oil in American History.“ Organization of American Historians (OAH) members also have access to our vast citation database, Recent Scholarship Online. The JAH makes selected content freely available, including Web site reviews, the “Textbooks and Teaching” section, and the “Recent Scholarship” print listing. See individual issue pages for details.

March 2015

The Journal of American History: issn 0021-8723 is published by the Organization of American Historians and printed in March, June, September, and December by Oxford University Press.


The OAH Annual Meeting

Future annual meetings of the Organization of American Historians are as follows:

  • 2016 Providence, Rhode Island
    April 7–10
    Rhode Island Convention Center
  • 2017 New Orleans, Louisiana
    April 6–9
    New Orleans Marriott
  • 2018 Sacramento, California
    April 12–16 Sacramento Convention Center, Hyatt Regency Sacramento, Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel

For further information, write to: OAH Annual Meeting Information, 112 North Bryan Ave., Bloomington, Indiana 47408-4141, USA; or see the OAH Web site:

JAH Podcast

The podcast section of the JAH Web site ( houses interviews with several JAH authors. Our most recent podcast features Christopher J. Phillips talking about his September 2014 article “The New Math and Midcentury American Politics.” We will regularly be posting interviews with other JAH authors as well.

In the future we hope also to bring you podcasts of conversations with award-winning authors of books on American history. Anyone may listen to and download these high-quality audio files for free.

Civil War at 150 Podcast

Ed Linenthal, the editor of the JAH, talks with Mark Smith, Carolina Distinguished Professor of History at the University of South Carolina and the author of The Smell of Battle, the Taste of Siege: A Sensory History of the Civil War (2014). You can listen to this June 2014 conversation for free at

Article Submissions

All articles submitted to the Journal of American History must now include an abstract. The abstract must be on a separate page from the body of the article and may not be longer than 500 words.

Submit or Update Your Reviewer Data Sheet

The Journal of American History is always looking for qualified reviewers for books and articles. To make the best matches between reviewers and books or articles being reviewed, we need our reviewer information to be as complete and up-to-date as possible. It is crucial that prospective reviewers submit or update a JAH reviewer data sheet, which indicates areas of interest and publications.

Revised David Thelen Award

The OAH David Thelen Award is now open to new unpublished and published non-English- language scholarship. The Organization of American Historians gives the David Thelen Award biennially to the best article on American history written in a language other than English that illustrates how the understanding of American history can be interpreted differently when conceived in the scholarly or public debates of a nation other than the United States. The winning article will be published in translation in the JAH. Entries that have been previously published during 2013 and 2014 and new scholarship should be submitted by May 1, 2015.

For submission guidelines, see the OAH Web site: Submissions should be sent to Thelen Award Chair, Journal of American History, 1215 East Atwater Ave., Bloomington, Indiana 47401-3703, USA.


The Louis Pelzer Memorial Award Committee invites candidates for graduate degrees to submit essays for the Louis Pelzer Memorial Award competition. Essays may deal with any period or topic in the history of the United States. The winning essay will be published in the JAH. In addition, the OAH presents $500 to the winner. The deadline for entries for the 2014 competition is December 1, 2014.

For submission guidelines, visit the OAH Web site. Manuscripts should be addressed to Pelzer Award Chair, Journal of American History, 1215 East Atwater Ave., Bloomington, Indiana 47401-3703, USA.


The Association for Documentary Editing passed a resolution of appreciation commending the JAH for its support of the field of documentary editing through peer reviews and calling historians' attention to the value of document collections.


In the September 2014 issue of the JAH, in the review of Where Is My Home? Slovak Immigration to North America (p. 628), the reference at the end of the fourth paragraph should read “p. 122n31.”

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