In this presidential election year the Program Committee chose the theme "On Leadership, " exploring any aspect of leadership in American history. The character, origin, and practice of leadership; its successes, achievements, disappointments, and failures in any and every area of American life from the earliest years of human settlement to the early twenty-first century will be the principal topics of the 2016 OAH Annual Meeting.
Sessions consider leadership as it applies to any aspect of American history, including—though certainly not limited to—politics, revolts, economics, race, gender, reform, technology, education, religion, agriculture, arts, resistance, sports, entertainment, research, communications, sexuality, literature, scholarship, environment, class, and international affairs whether leading in conventional or unconventional and dissenting directions or bounded by national, regional, or local demarcations or stretching beyond concepts of boundaries, as in cyberspace.
Who have America's leaders been, individually and collectively? What has produced success, failure, and disappointment in their efforts? What leadership has uplifted America, what has set the nation and its peoples back, and how do we make those judgments when we write, teach and interpret American history? How have Americans, including our readers, students and audiences, imagined American leaders and leadership across decades and centuries? How have Americans understood relations between leaders, communities, and followers? What have we learned about leaders of grassroots social and political movements, about military leaders and leaders of peace movements, about leaders and leadership in small communities, and non-traditional leaders and non-traditional forms of leadership?
How have Americans represented leaders and leadership in history, literature, the arts, and culture? How have Americans encountered leaders—homegrown, imported, virtual, imagined, and invented? How have leaders at all levels been shaped by the processes that created them? How have those processes and leaders, changed through time? How have crises molded and recast leaders and our understandings of American history? How has the study or understanding of history influenced leaders?
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Ann Fabian (Cochair),