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Issue 6, January 2014

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Cape Girardeau, Missouri, April 25, 1927, during the Mississippi River flood (National Archives 77-MRF-14)

Cape Girardeau, Missouri, April 25, 1927, during the Mississippi River flood (National Archives 77-MRF-14)

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Editor’s Note

Benjamin Guterman

Roger R. Trask Lecture

A Search for Historical Understanding
Pete Daniel


The First Attempt at Federalizing Tort Law and Why It Failed
Ian J. Drake

From “Air Conditioning” Youth to STEM: The FAA and Aviation Education, 1935–2007
Theresa L. Kraus

Evil, Greed, Treachery, Deception, and Fraud: The World of Lobbying According to Senator Hugo Black
Jamie C. Euken

“This ‘Who Shot John Thing’”: Disaster Relief as an Entitlement in the 20th Century
Natalie Schuster

Serenading the President: John Adams, the XYZ Affair, and the 18th-Century American Presidency
Christopher J. Young

Interpretation and Technology

Going Mobile: Changing the Face of Interpretation in the National Park Service
Brett Oppegaard and Gregory P. Shine


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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:

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