We’re History: The Process of Making Scholarly History Available to All

Endorsed by the OAH Membership Committee and the Western History Association

Thursday, April 2, 2020, 12:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Type: Panel Discussion

Tags: Digital History; Politics; Public History and Memory


We're History is an online American history magazine (werehistory.org) with the tagline "America then for Americans now." It seeks to make scholarly U.S. history accessible to the public at large with articles on any and all American history subjects that run a maximum of 1,300 words. This panel discussion will feature We're History's all-volunteer editorial team—made up of academic historians, public historians, and front-end web developers—discussing the need for a site like this as well as the process of creating a viable online history magazine with no funding behind it: finding/soliciting articles, editing, publicity, social media, and more.

Session Participants

Chair: Benjamin Todd Arrington, National Park Service / We're History
Todd Arrington is a National Park Service historian, currently serving as the Site Manager of James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor, Ohio. He has previously worked as a historian and park ranger at Homestead National Monument of America (Nebraska); Eisenhower National Historic Site (Pennsylvania); and Gettysburg National Military Park (Pennsylvania). Arrington has been published on numerous American history subjects and specializes in the early history of the Republican Party and the Civil War and Reconstruction eras. He has a forthcoming book on the 1880 presidential election under contract with the University Press of Kansas. He is an author, co-editor, and social media manager for the online American history magazine We're History (werehistory.org).

Panelist: Heather Cox Richardson, Boston College
Professor Heather Cox Richardson teaches nineteenth-century American history at both the undergraduate and the graduate level at Boston College. Her early work focused on the transformation of political ideology from the Civil War to the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt. It examined issues of race, economics, westward expansion, and the construction of the concept of an American middle class. Her history of the Republican Party, To Make Men Free (2014) examines the fundamental tensions in American politics from the time of the Northwest Ordinance to the present. She is currently working on an intellectual history of American politics and a graphic treatment of the Reconstruction Era. Her publications include To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party (2014);
Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to an American Massacre (2010);
West from Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America after the Civil War (2007);
“North and West of Reconstruction: Studies in Political Economy,” in Thomas J. Brown, ed., Reconstructions: New Perspectives on the Postbellum United States (2006);
The Death of Reconstruction: Race, Labor and Politics in the Post-Civil War North, 1865-1901 (2001); and The Greatest Nation of the Earth: Republican Economic Policies during the Civil War (1997). She is an author and co-editor of the online American history magazine We're History (werehistory.org).

Panelist: Joshua D. Rothman, University of Alabama
Joshua D. Rothman is Professor and Chair of History at the University of Alabama. His research interests include nineteenth century America; southern history; race and slavery; and social and cultural history. His current projects are Co-Director, Freedom on the Move: A Database of Fugitives from North American Slavery; and “The Ledger and the Chain: The Men Who Made America’s Domestic Slave Trade into Big Business.” Professor Rothman's publications include Flush Times & Fever Dreams: A Story of Capitalism and Slavery in the Age of Jackson (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2012); Reforming America, 1815-1860: a Norton Documents Reader (New York: W.W. Norton, 2010); Notorious in the Neighborhood: Sex and Families across the Color Line in Virginia, 1787-1861 (Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 2003); and more.