Marjoleine Kars has won the 2017 CLAH Vanderwood Prize for her article "Dodging Rebellion: Politics and Gender in the Berbice Slave Uprising of 1763," which was published in the February 2016 issue of the American Historical Review. Help us congratulate Kars on winning her fourth prize for this article. 

February 2018 Issue

Latest Issue: February 2018 - Vol. 123, No. 1

In This Issue

As is the custom, the February issue opens with this year's AHA Presidential Address, "White Freedom and the Lady of Liberty," by Tyler Stovall (University of California, Santa Cruz), who served as AHA President in 2017. In what could hardly be a more timely set of remarks, Stovall argues that one of the most recognizable images of freedom in the modern world, the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, has a darker history than is usually acknowledged. Examining both the statue's origins in France's Third Republic and its subsequent history as a public monument in America, Stovall considers Lady Liberty's role as a beacon of whiteness. Ultimately, he concludes, a reckoning with the statue's role as a racial symbol directs our attention to the racialized nature of definitions of freedom in the modern world. Read more...

In Future Issues

Long after the actual transfer of power from colonial masters to liberated peoples, the sovereign nations that emerged from imperialism's grasp struggled to shake off empire's hold on the national imagination, not to mention postcolonial social and class structure. Indeed, with political sovereignty, the process of decolonization had only just begun. Similarly, fifty years-yes, a half-century!-after the initial victories of the civil rights revolution in the United States, parts of the country have only now contemplated tearing down monuments to white supremacy and started to acknowledge and apologize for the history of racial terror that shaped and scarred many-probably most-American communities. This comes at a time when the current president of the United States persists in recycling some of the most shopworn tropes from the nation's long history of racism and xenophobia, all while loudly (and unconvincingly) claiming, "I am not a racist." Many historians find ourselves wondering if the culture at large has listened to a word we have been saying for at least a generation of scholarship. Read more...

AHA Presidential Address: White Freedom and the Lady of Liberty

AHR Forum: Gendered Bodies, Mediated Lives: New Directions in Women's History

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