The American Historian

Environmental History

The September 2019 issue of The American Historian features an essay on how to include environmental history into your history courses and a state of the field essay on where the field of environmental history is headed. Also inside is an article on creating a teaching portfolio, an essay that examines what history majors are looking for in the classroom, and an article on making digital history accessible to the visually impaired.

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This issue's cover shows a railway crossing in the middle of a grassy plain with the title:


Editor in Chief Jonathan D. Warner

Consulting Editor Steven Andrews

Editorial Intern Sydney Siegel

Design and Layout Ashlee Welz Smith


Nancy Bristow, University of Puget Sound

Geraldo Cadava, Northwestern University

Vicki Eaklor, Alfred University

Katherine M. Finley, OAH (ex officio)

Kim Gilmore, History/A&E Networks

Rachel Gross, University of Montana (ex officio)

Lu Ann Jones, National Park Service

Lisa Kapp, St. Ann’s School

Elisabeth Marsh, OAH (ex officio)

Stephen Robertson, George Mason University

Mark Roehrs, Lincoln Land Community College

Jonathan D. Warner, OAH (ex officio)

Anne Whisnant, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Kidada Williams, Wayne State University

Organization of American Historians


Joanne Meyerowitz, Yale University President

George Sanchez, University of Southern California, President-Elect

Philip J. Deloria, Harvard University, Vice President

Jay S. Goodgold, Independent Investor, Treasurer

Katherine M. Finley, OAH Executive Director

Benjamin H. Irvin, Executive Editor, Journal of American History

Earl Lewis, University of Michigan, Immediate Past-President

Edward L. Ayers, University of Richmond, Past President

Michael Flamm, Ohio Wesleyan University

Jonathan Scott Holloway, Northwestern University

Lu Ann Jones, National Park Service

Martha S. Jones, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Katherine Ott, Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

Theresa R. Jach, Houston Community College

Donald Rogers, Central Connecticut State University

Virginia Scharff, University of New Mexico

T.J. Stiles, Independent Scholar


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