Article Submissions

All articles submitted to the Journal of American History must now include an abstract. The abstract must be on a separate page from the body of the article and may not be longer than 500 words.

Call for Papers: African American Freedom Movement

Please join the Journal of American History in its exploration of the African American freedom movement, focusing on the history, meaning, and legacies of the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 1960s. Over the next three years, we invite scholars to submit articles that address the events of those years and illuminate new ways of thinking about the historical significance of that momentous time. Specialists in all fields of history are encouraged to submit their work for consideration. Please see the article submission guidelines for instructions.

Call for Papers: Civil War

During the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the Journal of American History would like to encourage the submission of articles that explore all aspects of the conflict. Please see the article submission guidelines for article submission guidelines.

JAH Podcast

The Journal of American History has launched a podcast section of ourwebsite ( where interviews with several JAH authors are available. Our most recent podcast features Tyler Anbinder talking about his December 2012 article “Moving Beyond ‘Rags to Riches’: New York’s Irish Famine Immigrants and Their Surprising Savings Accounts.” We will regularly be posting interviews with other JAH authors as well.

In the future we hope also to bring you podcasts of conversations with award-winning authors of books on American history. Anyone may listen to and download these high-quality audio files for free.

Civil War at 150 Podcast

Ed Linenthal, the editor of the JAH, talks with Dave Ruth, the superintendent of the Richmond National Battlefield Park, and Mark Gorman, a park ranger at the Richmond National Battlefield Park about Richmond at war and the creation of the National Park Service at Tredegar. You can listen to this July 2012 conversation for free.

Submit or Update Your Reviewer Data Sheet

The JAH is always looking for qualified reviewers for books and articles. To make the best possible matches between reviewers and books or articles being reviewed, we need our reviewer information to be as complete and up to date as possible. It is crucial that prospective reviewers submit or update a JAH reviewer data sheet, which indicates areas of interest and publications and is available on ourwebsite.


Louis Pelzer Memorial Award

The Pelzer Award Committee invites candidates for graduate degrees to submit essays for the Louis Pelzer Memorial Award competition. Essays may deal with any period or topic in the history of the United States. The winning essay will be published in the Journal of American History. In addition, the organization presents $500 to the winner. The deadline for entries for the 2013 competition is November 30, 2012.

David Thelen Award

The Organization of American Historians gives the David Thelen Award biennially to the best article on American history that has been published in a language other than English. The winning article will be published in translation in the Journal of American History.The deadline for entries published during 2011 and 2012 is May 1, 2013.

Charles Debenedetti Prize

The Charles DeBenedetti Prize of the Peace History Society for the best article on peace history published in 2009–2010 has been awarded to Melissa R. Klapper for her article “‘Those by Whose Side We Have Labored’: American Jewish Women and the Peace Movement between the Wars,” which appeared in the December 2010 JAH.

Binkley-Stephenson Award

The 2012 Binkley-Stephenson Award, for the best scholarly article published in the Journal of American History during the preceding calendar year, was presented to Kevin J. Mumford for his article “The Trouble with Gay Rights: Race and the Politics of Sexual Orientation in Philadelphia, 1969-1982,” which appeared in the June 2011 JAH.


In Michael K. Brown’s review of Daniel Martinez HoSang’s Racial Propositions: Ballot Initiatives and the Making of Postwar California in the December 2011 issue of the JAH (pp. 929–30), Brown’s affiliation should be University of California, Santa Cruz.

In Christopher S. Parker’s review of Chad L. Williams’s Torchbearers of Democracy (JAH, Sept. 2011, p. 561) the last sentence of the fourth paragraph should read: “Finally, the way the American Expeditionary Force wrecked the morale of black troops and undermined the authority of black officers, sacrificing combat effectiveness to preserve Jim Crow, is also well known.”

In the June 2011 issue of the JAH the name of a member of the Gay Activists Alliance was misspelled on pages 56–59 and also in footnotes 13 and 31; the correct spelling is Mark Segal.

In Charles H. Lesser‘swebsite review of The Papers of the War Department, 1784–1800 (JAH, June 2011, p. 207), the second sentence of the third paragraph should read: “This project is moving toward the hybrid model offered by the Dolley Madison Papers on the University of Virginia’s Rotundawebsite.”