Opening the 2014 S-USIH on Thursday October 9, is a plenary entitled, The Ideology Problem in Teaching and Scholarship. Among the panelists is a surprise addition, Rick Perlstein, author most recently of The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise […]
The 2014 USIH Conference schedule is almost ready for release! In the meantime, we wanted to draw attention to few of the events we have planned: On Thursday night, the conference will open with a plenary on THE IDEOLOGY PROBLEM […]
We are pleased to announce our selection of Ajay K. Mehrotra’s Making the Modern American Fiscal State: Law, Politics, and the Rise of Progressive Taxation, 1877-1929 (Cambridge University Press, 2013) as this year’s winner of the S-USIH annual book award […]
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Last week I discussed the year 2015 and the potential it holds for memory of both the end of the Civil War (1865) and several key turning points in both American domestic and foreign policy histories (1965). Today I’ll shift focus to the year 1865, and in particular emphasize why it’s important the period be marked with a national focus on the potential of Union victory, Emancipation, and Confederate defeat—and how the aftermath of this era created the modern nation we know today. Before I continue, I’d like to address an important point made by one of our frequent commenters, Khalil Chaar-Perez, in the comments for my post last week.