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Federal History 2018

Cover:  How do we understand President Woodrow Wilson’s evolving war aims during World War I, particularly for a new international framework based on a “partnership of democratic nations”? 

See the article by John A. Thompson on page 9.

Print copies of Federal History 
are sent to SHFG members. 


Book Reviews

The Framers’ Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution

by Michael Klarman

         — Reviewed by Lawrence Peskin

Officially Indian: Symbols that Define the United States

by Cécile Ganteaume

         — Reviewed by Amanda Charland

First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks in American Memory

by Mitch Kachun

         — Reviewed by Netisha Currie

Defending Giants: The Redwood Wars and the Transformation of American Environmental Politics

by Darren Speece

         — Reviewed by Casey Huegel

Sounds of the New Deal: The Federal Music Project in the West

by Peter Gough

         — Reviewed by Sandra L. Johnson-Pomeraning

By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783

by Michael Green

         — Reviewed by Eric Setzekorn

Ben Shahn’s New Deal Murals: Jewish Identity in the American Scene

by Diana L. Linden

      ­— Reviewed by Jennifer Pearson Yamashiro



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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