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Issue 8, 2016


Cover:  Left to right:  Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, Secretary of State Dean Rusk, President Lyndon B. Johnson, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, and George Ball in a National Security meeting on November 23, 1963 (Lyndon B. Johnson Library)

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Title Page/Contents

Editor’s Note

— Benjamin Guterman

Roger R. Trask Lecture

Federal History in the Digital Age
Victoria A. Harden


The History Professional

An Interview with Elizabeth B. White, USHMM


Seeking a Second Opinion: Robert McNamara’s Distrust of the U.S. Intelligence Community During Operation Rolling Thunder
Thomas A. Reinstein


The National Nanotechnology Initiative Approach to Environment, Health, and Safety: A Model for Future Science Investments
Brandi L. Schottel and Barbara Karn


The S&L Crisis in its Earliest Days: Banking Reform Rhetoric in the Johnson and Nixon Years
Dustin R. Walker


Advance to the “Fighting Lines”: The Changing Role of Women Telephone Operators in France During the First World War
Jill Frahm


Research and Resources

Special Examiners: Records of the Bureau of Pensions’ Efforts to Combat Waste, Fraud, and Abuse, 1862–1933
Claire Prechtel-Kluskens





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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