The Organization of American Historians promotes excellence
in the scholarship, teaching, and presentation of American history.

The 2021 OAH Annual Meeting Goes Virtual

We looked forward to bringing practitioners of American history together to share scholarship and camaraderie at a full in-person conference in Chicago, IL, April 15‒18, 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic, and city and state-wide restrictions have made it necessary for us to cancel the in-person conference and to move to a new, virtual conference in a safe and certain online format. The health, safety, and well-being of our attendees, participants, partners, and employees is paramount.

Though a virtual conference was not the initial format planned for the 2021 OAH Annual Meeting, we are excited to create and build an innovative new channel for circulating American history and connecting American historians.

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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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