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The Memory Frontier: Uncommon Pursuits of Past and Place in the Northeast after King Philip’s War

Christine DeLucia, in the essay that won the 2010 Louis Pelzer Award, reassesses the meanings of King Philip’s War, a watershed conflict in early America. While historians have tended to explain this crisis in stark terms of Indians versus English, DeLucia unearths subtler local dimensions. The physical environment has shaped cultural remembrances as communities have maintained stories about points on the land, built (and vandalized) monuments, and gathered for ritual purposes to validate or critique colonial violence and dispossession. Memories of the seventeenth century remain contested in the Northeast and the red Atlantic world, and a broader source base that includes oral traditions, material culture, and collections of public and tribal libraries can bring to light surprising stories of regeneration as well as trauma. (pp. 975–97) Read online >

Dogs and the Making of the American State: Voluntary Association, State Power, and the Politics of Animal Control in New York City, 1850–1920

What can the history of urban dog-catching tell us about American politics? Quite a lot, Jessica Wang argues. Using the history of canine animal control in New York City in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Wang examines how a fluid public-private boundary constituted a normal part of American governance. This world of blended public-private relations—which allowed ostensibly private organizations to carry out public governmental functions—has persisted alongside the twentieth-century expansion of the state and continues to shape the exercise of public policy today. Indeed, contemporary examples such as Halliburton and military outsourcing may be but a few steps removed from the history of dogs and their regulation in the American city. (pp. 998–1024) Read online >

Meat in the Middle: Converging Borderlands in the U.S. Midwest, 1865–1900

In recent years, borderlands scholarship involving the United States has gone beyond its initial emphasis on the U.S.-Mexico border region to include greater attention to U.S.-Canada border areas. This, in turn, has led to more comparative approaches to “border-brokering”—that is, to the different trajectories of border crossing and border patrolling in both the North and the South. By combining a local focus with a commoditychain approach, Kristin Hoganson reveals some of the ways that northern and southern borders were brokered in relation to each other. More specifically, Hoganson argues that long before the North American Free Trade Agreement, Illinois had important connections to both Canada and Mexico centered on meat production. Yet farmers in the Midwest drew very different conclusions about northern and southern borders, in large part due to racialized perceptions of animals. (pp. 1025–1051) Read online >

Was fdr the Antichrist? The Birth of Fundamentalist Antiliberalism in a Global Age

Although Franklin D. Roosevelt has ranked among the most popular presidents in U.S. history, many Americans living through the Great Depression viewed him differently. His consolidation of power, unprecedented campaigns for a third and fourth term in the White House, and court-packing debacle sparked comparisons with totalitarian leaders such as Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler, and Joseph Stalin. For a small but influential number of fundamentalist Christians, these comparisons indicated that fdr, like his European counterparts, was preparing the United States for the soon-coming antichrist. Matthew Avery Sutton explains how such convictions helped shape conservative opposition to the New Deal in the 1930s and 1940s, ultimately laying the foundations for the rise of the religious Right. (pp. 1052–1074) Read online >

The 1967 Central Intelligence Agency Scandal: Catalyst in a Transforming Relationship between State and People

In 1967 the Central Intelligence Agency (cia) was for the first time involved in a public scandal that caused a stir in the press and Congress. The agency was accused of covertly funding private national and international organizations such as the National Student Association without the knowledge of Congress, revealing for the first time the weak governmental control of the cia’s activities. Tity de Vries, in the essay that won the 2009–2010 David Thelen Award, argues that those revelations were a prelude to the Watergate scandal and a series of other scandals from the Iran-Contra affair to the controversial waterboarding policy used by American interrogators during the war on terror. The exposure of the scandal marked the reemergence of “muckraking” investigative journalism and contributed to the start of a still-declining trust of the American people in their government. (pp. 1075–) Read online >

Textbooks & Teaching

  • Pivotal Moments in the History Curriculum: Surveys and Snapshots of Current Practice by Scott E. Casper (pp. 1093–94) Read online >
  • Romancing the Capstone: National Trends, Local Practice, and Student Motivation in the History Curriculum by Kathleen W. Jones, Mark V. Barrow Jr., Robert P. Stephens, and Stephen O'Hara (pp. 1095–1113) Read online >
  • Historiographic Mapping: Toward a Signature Pedagogy for the Methods Course by Laura M. Westhoff (pp. 1114–26) Read online >

Book Reviews

March 2012, Vol. 98 No. 4

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Web Site Reviews

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  • The Object of History: Behind the Scenes with the Curators of the National Museum of American History, by Richard J. Cox (pp. 1226) Read online >
  • Votes for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection, 1848—1921, by Eileen V. Wallis (pp. 1227–8) Read online >
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, by Jeffrey Shandler (pp. 1228–30) Read online >
  • Wyandot Nation of Kansas, by Nicole St-Onge and Kathryn Magee Labelle (pp. 1230–1) Read online >

Editor’s Annual Report, 2010–2011

Letters to the Editor

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Contents of Volume 97

Index to Volume 98

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During the 1930s fundamentalists blended critiques of American political leaders with analyses of biblical prophecy. Some, such as the owner of this vehicle parked in front of the U.S. Capitol in July 1939, used less conventional means of spreading the message of coming damnation. Courtesy Library of Congress (LC-USF34-060110-D).

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