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What’s in the February issue of The American Historian?

The cover of the February issue of The American Historian. An image of a large fire near a river appears and the text "Disaster History" appears above the image.Here’s a quick preview of the newest issue of The American Historian:

The February 2018 issue of The American Historian features three compelling essays and a roundtable on “Disaster History.” Jacob Remes details how Progressive Era reformers utilized disaster relief to enact social change. Matthew Mulcahy examines the history of disasters in early America, and Julia Irwin traces the history of U.S. foreign disaster relief, most notably the history of the American Red Cross. Finally, Chad Parker, Andy Horowitz, and Liz Skilton discuss how to best teach, research, and think about the history of disasters in the United States.

The issue also includes a piece by Richard Mizelle Jr. on how the voices of marginalized groups are often absent from disaster archives and how it is up to historians to uncover those hidden stories. John Fea discusses how historians can best utilize twitter to bolster their professional standing, and Nathan Citino chronicles his time teaching U.S. history in China. We also have our final essay from Organization of American Historians president Edward Ayers on the important role the historical profession can play in our society, and OAH Director of Meetings Hajni G. Selby details some exciting program offerings at the upcoming 2018 OAH Annual Meeting, which will be held in Sacramento, California, April 12–14. The issue also contains news from the OAH, a list of action items decided at the 2017 OAH Fall Executive Board Meeting, and interesting historical facts and tidbits in our Ante and Post sections.

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