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Warmest congratulations to our own Dan Howe, SHEAR’s President in 2000 and a JER Editorial Board member from 2003–2007, whose What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815–1848, won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for what the folks there prosaically call “a distinguished book upon the history of the United States.” The two other finalists in this category were Robert Dallek’s Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power, and The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War by the late David Halberstam, so Dan has come out upon top of some superb scholarship.

We are also delighted that Monica Najar’s JER article, “‘Meddling with Emancipation’: Baptists, Authority, and the Rift Over Slavery in the Upper South,” 25:2 (Summer 2005), 157–86, has been included in The Best American History Essays, 2007, edited by Jacqueline Jones of Brandeis University, a joint publication of the Organization of American Historians and Palgrave Macmillan that showcases the best American history articles published between the summers of 2005 and 2006. This is the second volume of an annual series which, according to the publishers, provides a quick and comprehensive overview of the top work and the current intellectual trends in the field of American history.

Call for Papers: SHEAR Conference, 2009

The 31st annual meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic will take place in Springfield, Illinois, July 16–19, 2009. The Program Committee, chaired by Jim Huston, has issued a call for papers on the theme of “Whither the Revolution? How the Early Republic Retained and Remolded the Legacy of the Revolution.” The Program Committee welcomes the submission of individual papers and full sessions; it also invites sessions employing formats other than presentation of papers. Proposals should include a short abstract (limited to two [End Page 467] pages) for the panel/session as well as a one-page abstract for each paper and a brief vita (maximum one page) for each participant, including chairs and commentators. Every session proposal must include a single coversheet that lists for every participant a complete and updated mailing address, email, phone number, and current affiliation. Please note that all program participants must be members of SHEAR or register at the nonmember fee. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2008.

All interested participants are encouraged to send their submissions by email; the format can be MS Word, WordPerfect, or pdf (Adobe Acrobat). For those, in the spirit of the early American republic, wishing to use traditional mail, send submissions to:

Professor Jim Huston, Chair, SHEAR Program Committee

History Department, Oklahoma State University

501 LSW

Stillwater, OK 74078-3054.

Program Committee: Jim Huston, Oklahoma State University; Bryon Andreasen, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum; Stephen Aron, University of California at Los Angeles; Joan E. Cashin, Ohio State University; Larry E. Hudson, Jr., University of Rochester; Richard R. John, University of Illinois at Chicago; Stacey M. Robertson, Bradley University; and Jewel L. Spangler, University of Calgary.

The full text of the call for papers can be found on the inside of the back cover of this issue of the JER.

SHEAR Fellowships, 2008–2009

The Library Company of Philadelphia, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the American Philosophical Society announce the 2008–2009 recipients of their SHEAR fellowship programs.

LCP/HSP Fellows

Rodney Hessinger, Hiram College. Topic: “Sexual Scandal and Sectarian Conflict in the Second Awakening.”

Caitlin Fitz, Yale University. Topic: “Agents of American Revolutions: Latin American Rebels in Philadelphia, 1808–1826.”

APS Fellow

Katherine Gray, Johns Hopkins University. Topic: “Mixed Company: Youth in Philadelphia, 1750–1815.” [End Page 468]

Revolution to Republic

This summer SHEAR sponsored two National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for Community College Faculty, as part of the NEH’s We the People program. A total of fifty community college educators attended the one-week workshops entitled “Revolution to Republic: Philadelphia’s Place in Early America,” where they engaged in intensive study and discussion on the city’s history, and how it encapsulates the American national narrative from its origins as William Penn’s seventeenth-century “green country towne,” its eighteenth...


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