Call for Contributors to a new encyclopedia set called American Centuries: The Ideas, Issues, and Trends that Made U.S. History
Call for Papers Date:
Dear H-Net readers,
For the past two years a team of scholars -- listed below -- has been recruiting contributors for a five-volume encyclopedia called American Centuries: The Ideas, Issues, and Trends That Made U.S. History, to be published by Facts on File. MTM Publishing, a book packaging firm in New York City, is coordinating the production of this reference work.
We are pleased to have attracted a stellar group of participants, ranging from grad students to full professors; dozens of H-Net readers are no doubt among them. In the meantime, 95% of the projected entries have been assigned.
American Centuries will avoid the pattern so many books on American history, which typically present the subject as a series of events, tend to follow. With one volume for each of five centuries, starting with the 16th century, and with substantive articles analyzing foundational subjects and trends in the political, cultural, and social history of the United States, this set will offer high school students and lower level undergraduates a handy reference for study and research papers. While broad in scope—with virtually the same headword list spanning all centuries—the five-volume set will analyze each topic in depth in each century (one century per volume). This will offer librarians and students the dual advantage of focusing in depth in one era on a particular topic, and then examining the same topic across the full reach of U.S. history.
Including approximately 200 articles, it will encompass five print volumes overseen by an academic editor-in-chief. These include:
Volume 1, 16th Century Karen Kupperman, New York University
Volume 2, 17th Century John Demos, Yale University
Volume 3, 18th Century Brendan McConville, Boston University
Volume 4, 19th Century Melanie Gustafson, University of Vermont
Volume 5, 20th Century Robert Johnston, University of Illinois at Chicago
There are 10 essays remaining to assign.
Contributors will be recompensed according to the length of their entry. Those contributing 3200 words or more will also receive a copy of the volume to which they contribute as partial payment. Following is a full list of the available essays, by volume, and their planned word counts. If you are interested in becoming a contributor to the encyclopedia, please send your CV and a writing sample to Tim Anderson at MTM Publishing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vol 2 Labor and Livelihood 5200 words
Vol 3 Agriculture 3400
Vol 3 Crime and Punishment 1800
Vol 3 Foreign Affairs 2800
Vol 3 Health, Medicine, and Disease 2800
Vol 3 Popular and Folk Culture 2800
Vol 3 Rights and Liberties 2000
Vol 4 Agriculture 3400
Vol 4 Protest and Rebellion 3400
Vol 4 Visual Art and Architecture 3400
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