U.S. Military History

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

OAH Distinguished Lecturers speak, research, write, and teach on all aspects of American history. Among our speakers who consider U.S. military history:

  • Jennifer Keene and Chad Williams have spoken about African American soldiers at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, jointly sponsored with Park University.
  • Kathleen DuVal has spoken on the American Revolution at the Virginia Military Institute, jointly sponsored with the Society of Cincinnati.
  • Edward Ayers, David Blight, Stephanie McCurry, and dozens of others spoke during Civil War sesquicentennial events across the country.
  • John W. Hall has spoken about early American warfare at the U.S. Military Academy, the Army Heritage and Education Center, and the Pritzker Military Library.

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SPEAKERS ON THIS TOPIC

Deborah Dash Moore

GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation

Over half a million Jews entered the armed forces of the United States, joining every branch of the military and seeing action on all fronts of the war. Integrated into their units, American Jews not only discovered what it meant to be men but also learned what it meant to be Jews. Their experience...(Read More)

Peter Karsten

Crises of Conscience: Rethinking the Moral Dilemmas Faced by U.S. Jurists and Military Officers in the Nineteenth Century

This talk concerns the moral dilemmas that professionals sometimes face -- that is, persons with special training and expertise and a publicly-professed commitment to peer-set standards of conduct, performance, and service. Many of us have faced, or will face ethical dilemma as adults: Whether to...(Read More)

Mary L. Dudziak

Wartime as a Concept in History

When is wartime? On the surface, it is a period of time in which a society is at war. But we now live in what President Obama has called "an age without surrender ceremonies." It is no longer easy to distinguish between wartime and peacetime. This lecture argues that wartime is not as discrete a...(Read More)

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