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Current Issue

Issue 9, 2017

Cover:  Historical reenactors, who themselves are currently serving in the Army, and present-day soldiers posing in front of a statue at the U.S. Army Women’s Museum that honors the women who have served in the Army for the past two decades. Print edition is sent to SHFG members. Become a book reviewer. Complete and send in this application.

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Title Page/Contents

Editor’s Note

— Benjamin Guterman

Roger R. Trask Lecture

Monuments, Commemorations, and Legacies

Donald A. Ritchie


Eisenhower’s Mutual Security Program and Congress: Defense and Economic Assistance for Cold War Asia

Eric Setzekorn


The Role of Oscar Cox in the Creation of the War Refugee Board, 1943–1944

W. Raymond Palmer


Negotiating for the Environment: LBJ’s Contributions to the Environmental Movement

Nancy M. Germano


Defoliating Fence and Foxhole: An Unconventional Response to an Irregular Threat Along the Korean DMZ, 1967–1969

Heather M. Haley


“Defeat Is an Orphan”: The Kennedy Administration and the Bureaucratic Tug-of-War over the Bay of Pigs

Eric R. Martell


Theodore Roosevelt and the United States Battleship Maine

Kenneth C. Wenzer



Research and Resources

When Historians and Curators Go to War: Capturing History When and Where It Happens

Françoise B. Bonnell, Kenneth Finlayson, David Hanselman, and Richard E. Killblane




Federal History features scholarship on all aspects of the history and operations of the federal government, and of critical historical interactions between American society and the government, including the U.S. military, 1776 to the present. It also publishes articles examining contemporary issues and challenges in federal history work. The journal highlights the research of historians working in or for federal agencies, academic historians, and independent scholars. For submissions or inquiries, e-mail the Federal History editors at: ISSN 2163-8144    (print) ISSN 1943–8036  (online)

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