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


Issue 5, January 2013

Editor’s Note
Benjamin Guterman

Roger R. Trask Lecture

The Value of Federal History
Raymond W. Smock


"A group of officers and their wives leaving Capt. Harloe's residence to listen in on the radio of the Army-Yale game (Nicaragua, ca. 1930)."

“A group of officers and their wives leaving Capt. Harloe’s residence to listen in on the radio of the Army-Yale game (Nicaragua, ca. 1930).”

“A Wet, Nasty Job”: Army Engineers and the Nicaragua Canal Survey of 1929–1931
Michael J. Brodhead

Making Amends: Coal Miners, the Black Lung Association, and Federal Compensation Reform, 1969–1972
Richard Fry

Universal Military Training and the Struggle to Define American Identity During the Cold War
John Sager

The Kennedy Administration’s Alliance for Progress and the Burdens of the Marshall Plan
Christopher Hickman

Making Friends with Perón: Developmentalism and State Capitalism in U.S.-Argentine Relations, 1970–1975
David M. K. Sheinin

Defending a Controversial Agency: Edward C. Banfield As Farm Security Agency Public Relations Officer, 1941–1946
Kevin R. Kosar and Mordecai Lee



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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ISSN 1943–8036  (online)

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