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Cover:  A scene from the New York City draft riots in July 1863 (Illustrated London News). The violent outbreak reflected the building “clash between national policy and local sentiment,” particularly regarding arrests and law enforcement.
See the story on page 9.

Print copies of Federal History 
are sent to SHFG members. 


Book Reviews

Henry Clay: The Man Who Would Be President 
By James Klotter 

Reviewed by Harry L. Watson

The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation 
By Brenda Wineapple 

Reviewed by Daniel S. Holt

Digitized Collection of the Territorial Papers of the United States, 1764-1953 
By United States Government and Readex

Reviewed by Christopher R. Eck

The Mayaguez Crisis: Mission Command and Civil-Military Relations 
By Christopher J. Lamb

Reviewed by Fred H. Allison



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)


Society for History in the Federal Government
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