As we all look forward to the upcoming 2016 S-USIH conference this October at Stanford University, the members of the 2017 conference committee (listed below) are pleased to announce that we have finalized key details for the 2017 conference. The […]
CFP: S-USIH Panels at the OAH Annual Meeting New Orleans, LA April 6-9, 2017 Proposals are due by April 15, 2016. For more information regarding the OAH annual conference please click here The Society for U.S. Intellectual History will present […]
[Address updated: 1/22/2016, 10 am] The Society for U.S. Intellectual History (S-USIH) is currently accepting submissions for the inaugural Dorothy Ross Prize for best article in US intellectual history by an emerging scholar (defined as a current graduate student or […]
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Anyone who studies the history of ideas quickly discovers, as is so often noted here at the blog, that they are promiscuous critters. Ideas pop up or skip over where you don’t expect them, and can get adopted by people and movements seemingly far removed from their original origins. Consequently, they are also very difficult to control. People employ ideas trusting that they will serve as a means to their desired end; but often, they can transform into weapons working against them.
Consider, for example, the history of American racism. For as long as there have been anti-racists, there have been discussions (and almost always arguments) about how to best combat the ideology, as well as the practice, of white supremacy. In the last century, in particular, advocates of racial equity have tried several strategies that came back to haunt them.