Publication Date

September 1, 1990

Perspectives Section

AHA Activities

The recipient of the thirteenth annual J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship in American History is Dr. Michael A. Morrison, Indiana University at Indianapolis. The fellowship is cosponsored annually by the Library of Congress and the AHA, and supports significant scholarly research in the collections of the Library by young historians. The selection was made by the AHA Committee on the Jameson Fellowship composed of Michael H. Ebner, Lake Forest College (chair); Richard J. M. Blackett, Indiana University; James Hodges, College of Wooster; Susan Ware, New York University; and Sara Alpern, Texas A&M University.

Dr. Morrison received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1989 and is currently a visiting assistant professor in the Department of History at Indiana University, Indianapolis. He is also assistant editor for the Journal of the Early Republic. He plans to spend the fall semester in residence at the Library researching “The Eclipse of Manifest Destiny: Territorial Expansion and the Disruption of the Jacksonian Political System.” The project will examine the relationship between the territorial issue and the demise of the second party system, exploring the origin, force, and effect of expansion on the Jacksonian political system. Dr. Morrison will continue research in the Library’s manuscript collections, examining the change of American attitudes over time toward national destiny, territorial aggrandizement, and the question of slavery expansion.

The Jameson Fellowship is awarded for up to one academic year that the fellow desires to spend in residence at the Library. The project in American history must be one for which the general and special collections of the Library offer unique research support. The application deadline for the 1991–92 competition is March 15, 1991. Further information may be obtained from the Executive Assistant at AHA headquarters, 400 A St., SE, Washington, DC 20003.