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Federal History 2022



Cover: Antislavery petition from the Pennsylvania Abolition Society to the First Federal Congress with the seal of the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery (inset).
See the article of the 1790 antislavery debate in Congress on page 15.
(Petition: National Archives and Records Administration. Seal: Reproduced with permission from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania).

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Title page

Editor’s Note

Benjamin Guterman

Roger R. Trask Lecture

Arnita Jones


From Selma to Moscow: How Human Rights Activists Transformed U.S. Foreign Policy by Sarah B. Snyder

– Introduction by Paul Adler

– Review by Theresa Keeley

– Review by Robert Rakove

– Review by Matthew K. Shannon

­– Response by Sarah B. Snyder

ReCent Publications

Human Rights–A Select List



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.

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ISSN 2163-8144 (print)

ISSN 1943–8036 (online)


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