Bringing together government professionals, academics, consultants, students, and citizens interested in understanding federal history work and the historical development of the federal government.


Issue 2, January 2010

Editors’ Note

Terrance Rucker
Benjamin Guterman


“Powers Unusual”: Brown v. Board of Education and the Modernization of Law Enforcement in Florida
Anders Walker

The House Indian Affairs Commission—Seth Eastman’s American Indian Paintings in Context
Felicia Wivchar

“As Is Proper in Republican Form of Government”: Selling Chemical Warfare to Americans in the 1920s
Thomas Faith

President Kennedy’s E.O. 10925: Seedbed of Affirmative Action
Judson MacLaury

Review Article

The New Deal and the Modernization of the South
Gavin Wright

Roger R. Trask Lecture

Federal History and National Identity: Reflections from the Trenches
Roger D. Launius


Federal History features scholarship on all aspects of the history and workings 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.

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