National Historic Landmarks Program Releases Civil Rights Theme Study Prepared in Cooperation with OAH

August 13, 2021

The National Historic Landmarks Program is pleased to announce the release of a new theme study, Civil Rights in America: Racial Discrimination in Housing. Authored by Matthew D. Lassiter and Susan Cianci Salvatore and prepared in cooperation with the Organization of American Historians (OAH) and National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO), this theme study is part four of the five-part Civil Rights in America series which uses the provisions of 1960s civil rights acts as a framework. This fourth installment examines the history of housing discrimination against African American, Latinx, American Indian, and Asian American people leading to passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968.

For 25 years the Organization of American Historians has partnered with the National Park Service to bring leading scholarship to bear on the presentation of history at our national parks.

Through the OAH cooperative agreement with the NPS, members can take advantage of opportunities for sponsored research projects that allow for student engagement during the process and potential avenues for publication upon completion. The OAH undertakes a wide range of projects, including scholars’ visits to national park sites, administrative histories, historic resource studies, national landmarks theme studies, peer review of interpretive material, curriculum development, and conferences and seminars. Through these projects, members can pursue their scholarly interests while also enriching the stories of our national parks.