We are seeking a third panelist for a proposal to the 2021 Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting (deadline February 2020). We currently have one paper on the Navy Department’s transition from Paul Hamilton to William Jones as Secretary of the Navy during the War of 1812, and how this shaped strategy. Our other paper deals with the U.S. Navy and the press in World War I, focusing on the Navy Department and senior naval leadership’s efforts to “control the narrative” of the navy’s role in the war. We are seeking a final paper that addresses some aspect of the executive branch’s administration, preferably as it relates to military history. We could also forge a coherent theme from a paper on strategy-formation or civil-military relations in wartime would work. Ideally, we would like something that could bridge the gap chronologically between our two papers.
Dr. Thomas Sheppard
Naval History and Heritage Command