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Federal History 2024



Cover: A view of Agaña, Guam, in 1817, by Louis Choris,
much as U.S. Consul Samuel Masters would have seen it in 1854. At left is the parish church, the Palacio, and the Treasury building. At right is the plaza with the officers’ homes in the distance. See the article on Masters’s tenure as consul on page 61.

Print copies of Federal History 
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Title Page

Editor’s Note
Benjamin Guterman

Roger R. Trask Lecture
"Do Not Be Afraid: Leading History Programs in Challenging Times"
William P. Barry


Global Inequality and American Foreign Policy in the 1970s by Michael Franczak

– Introduction by Simon Miles

– Review by Sean T. Byrnes

– Review by Ryan Irwin

– Review by Laura Kolar

– Review by Umut Özsu

– Author’s Response by Michael Franczak

Law & Constitution

Reviews in Legal History
– David E. Wilkins on Maggie Blackhawk, “Legislative Constitutionalism and Federal Indian Law”

– Lisa K. Parshall on Gerald S. Dickinson, “The Fourth Amendment’s Constitutional Home”


The Partisan Republic: Democracy. Exclusion, and the Fall of the Founders’ Constitution, 1780s–1830s by Gerald Leonard and Saul Cornell

– Introduction by Matthew Crow

– Review by Katlyn Marie Carter

– Review by Graham G. Dodds

– Review by Jessica K. Lowe

– Review by Stephen J. Rockwell

– Author’s Response by Saul Cornell

– Author’s Response by Gerald Leonard



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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