OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021
Portraits of Abraham Lincoln, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and A. Philip Randolph

Abraham Lincoln (1864), suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton (no date recorded), and civil rights activist A. Philip Randolph (1964). Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program, a speakers bureau devoted to American history, features 75 historians who speak about a wide variety of American leaders and leadership skills.


David Kennedy

Lessons of Leadership: Dwight Eisenhower as Warrior and President.

Kennedy uses the example of Dwight Eisenhower as soldier and president as a platform for some observations drawn from social pscyhology about the components and contexts of leadership of various sorts. Read More

Stephen Berry

To Become Good and Great: Lincoln and Ethical Leadership

At the age of fourteen, Abraham Lincoln wrote in one of his copybooks: "'Tis Abraham Lincoln holds the pen / He will be good but God knows when." We routinely ask our children what they want to be when they grow up. We don't ask them how they want to be. Lincoln dedicated an important part of his...(Read More)

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu

Patsy for President: Patsy Takemoto Mink, Cold War Liberalism, and the Viet Nam War

In 1972, Patsy Takemoto Mink, a third generation Japanese American and the first woman of color U.S. Congressional representative, ran for the U.S. Presidency. This paper analyzes her decision to run for the highest elected office in the land in the context of Mink’s racial liberalism in the midst...(Read More)

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