In 2017, the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation will make available a number of $5,000 fellowship awards to support research and writing in American legal history by early-career scholars. Early career generally includes those researching or writing a PhD dissertation (or equivalent project) and recent recipients of a graduate degree working on their first major monograph or research project. The number of awards made is at the discretion of the Foundation. In the past several years, the trustees of the Foundation have made five to nine awards.
The U.S. Civil War from 1861 to 1865 resulted in a forging of a second constitution that in time transformed the structures of American governance. With the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment, the nation recast the relationship between the state and subordinated people.
FEDERAL HISTORY is now available
Federal History is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published by the SHFG.
The 2017 issue is available at http://shfg.org/shfg/publications/federal-history-journal/
-- Benjamin Guterman
Roger R. Trask Lecture
Monuments, Commemorations, and Legacies
— Donald A. Ritchie
GRANTS: CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH GRANTS
DEADLINE: All proposals must be received no later than April 1, 2017.
Our interview with Robert S. Arrighi, archivist/historian, at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio (in The Federalist, Summer 2013).
The 2017 recipient of the Roger R. Trask Award is Dr. J. Samuel Walker. A former historian of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the author of Prompt and Utter Destruction: Truman and the Use of Atomic Bombs against Japan, Dr. Walker is the author of five books on the history of regulating nuclear power, including Three Mile Island: A Nuclear Crisis in Historical Perspective and The Road to Yucca Mountain: The Development of Radioactive Waste Policy in the United States.
SHFG maintains its Directory of Federal Historical Offices and Activities at
Updated entries include
• Center for Cryptologic History, National Security Agency
Fort George G Meade, MD 20755-6272
Chief: John A. Tokar ; Historian: David A. Hatch
The Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG) is pleased to announce the winners of its annual prize competition. The Society’s prestigious awards recognize exemplary works of history presented in diverse formats for a variety of audiences, all of which further understanding of the history of the federal government. The awards will be presented at the Society’s annual meeting on April 13 at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Congratulations to all of our 2016/2017 winners.
This review has been crossposted from H-Diplo by H-FedHist review editor Andrew Gawthorpe.
Matthew Dallek. Defenseless under the Night: The Roosevelt Years and the Origins of Homeland Security. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. 360 pp. $29.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-19-974312-4.
Reviewed by Justus Doenecke (New College of Florida)
Published on H-Diplo (February, 2017)