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in the scholarship, teaching, and presentation of American history.

Sponsor a Graduate Student Membership

Current members of the OAH in any of the non-Student membership categories may sponsor students or recent degree recipients who are not yet employed full-time. A sponsored membership in the OAH is a great way to introduce your students, recent graduates, or those new to the history profession to the benefits a professional organization offers. Sponsored memberships are $35.00 per 12-month period. To sponsor one or more new members, simply download and complete this form (PDF) and return it to the OAH business office.

For more information, contact the OAH membership department at 812-855-7311, or via email at

OAH Statement on White House Conference on American History

In his September 17, 2020, speech at the National Archives on history education, President Trump railed against “Critical race theory, the 1619 Project, and the crusade against American history,” which he characterized as “toxic propaganda, ideological poison that, if not removed, will dissolve the civic bonds that tie us together. It will destroy our country.” Coming at the end of the White House Conference on American History—a hastily-arranged gathering, organized without input or participation from historical associations and including panelists who are not experts in the field—the remarks are only the most recent example of the Trump administration’s misguided and dangerous attempts to politicize the teaching and writing of United States history.

Please read the full statement here.

Statement on Recent Events of Racial Injustice

The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery by those entrusted to uphold the law and the justice system in the past few months, have made clear how far this country still has to go to fulfill the promise of “And Justice for All.” All of us at the Organization of American Historians are deeply saddened and angered by these deaths, and recognize the structural and systemic racism and antiblackness that continue to threaten specific members of our community and our entire social fabric.

Please read the full statement here.

The American Historian

Cover of the September 2019 issue of the Journal of American History

The September issue of The American Historian features seven articles on "History for Black Lives."

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