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American Historical Review – June Issue Online
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The June issue of the American Historical Review is now available online at the University of Chicago Press web site. It includes two articles on food in early modern colonial contexts, a piece on the history of language in official efforts to create a “national language” in Meiji Japan, an analysis of an all but forgotten U.S. congressional act that freed the wives and children of slaves who enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War, and an AHR Exchange on “The ‘Myth’ of the ‘Weak’ American State.” There are also five featured reviews followed by our normal extensive book review section. “In Back Issues” calls attention to articles and features in the AHR from one hundred, seventy-five, and fifty years ago.
See more detailed descriptions of the contents of the June issue of the American Historical Review in this recent AHA Today blog post.
New Association Management System
The AHA is still in the final testing stages for the new membership system. Web forms for renewing and updating membership information should be back online by the end of the week.
Is There an E-book in Your Future? A Report from the University Presses
In a recent blog post, Robert B. Townsend reports on the annual meeting of Association of American University Presses (AAUP), where “history was described as a vital part of the work and catalogs of most university presses.” Townsend goes on to discuss the “waning market for traditional print publications and ongoing experiments with digital forms.” Read his complete blog post on AHA Today, for the full story.
Keep up with the latest information on history and the profession on the AHA’s blog, AHA Today. Recent posts include:
AHR Still Has Highest “Impact” in History
The American Historical Review continues to have the highest “impact factor” among history journals, according to the new Journal Citation Reports from Thomson Reuters.
Books by Members – July 2010
As a service to AHA members, we are listing books by members received in the headquarters office in recent months.
Featured Online Exhibits from NARA
The National Archives features a number of online exhibits on their web site.
Senator Robert C. Byrd, Dies at 92
We note with sadness the passing of Robert C. Byrd, who received the AHA’s first Theodore Roosevelt-Woodrow Wilson Award in 2003 for his sponsorship of the Teaching American History grants.
Also, see the most recent What We’re Reading (June 24 and July 1) and Grant of the Week (Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants and Edward S. Miller Fellowship in Naval History) posts.
Listing in the Directory
Departments and Organizations
Time is running out to add or update listings in the Directory! Institutions that have previously listed in the Directory can make changes to their entry online: http://www.historians.org/members/dosp/.
Your institution’s login information has been sent by e-mail and by regular mail to department contacts. If you are in charge of one of the listing departments or organizations and did not receive a communication from us, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance as soon as possible. And if your department or organization is not currently listed, but you think it should be, please contact us for more information.
Please log in and review your institution’s Directory listing immediately and let us know if you will or will not be listing this year. Updates to Directory entries must be received before August 1, 2010, to be included in the print edition, but further changes can be made online throughout the year for the digital Directory.
News from Washington
In addition to AHA Today, the Association also draws on the efforts of a number of coalitions that support the Association's agenda to keep track of issues in the nation’s capital that will be of concern to historians. Here are news updates from some of them.
Nation’s Historians Speak Out Against Proposed Gettysburg Casino
On July 1, 276 American historians sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board in opposition to a proposal to license a casino located one-half mile from the Gettysburg National Military Park.
House Panel Clears NHPRC Reauthorization Bill
On July 1, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census and the National Archives marked up legislation (H.R. 5616) to reauthorize the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) at a $20 million level from fiscal year 2011 to fiscal year 2015. The vote was 6-1 in favor of passage.
- House Appropriators Mark up Commerce-Justice-Science Spending Bill Disaster-War Supplemental could include funding to prevent teacher layoffs.
- June 28, 2010 Washington Update
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Contributions to this issue of Fortnightly News came from: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Pillarisetti Sudhir, Liz Townsend, and Robert B. Townsend
Last Updated: July 6, 2010