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Federal History 2023



President Eisenhower with Dr. T. Keith Glennan (right) and Dr. Hugh L. Dryden (left), NASA’s first administrator and deputy administrator, respectively. See the article on NASA’s founding on page.

Print copies of Federal History 
are sent to SHFG members. 



Title Page

Editor’s Note
Benjamin Guterman

Roger R. Trask Lecture
What Federal Historians Do
– Edward C. Keefer


The Deportation Machine: America’s Long History of Expelling Immigrants by Adam Goodman

– Introduction by Maddalena Marinari

– Review by Eladio B. Bobadilla

– Review by Amanda Frost

– Review by Deborah Kang

– Review by Yael Schacher

– Author’s Response by Adam Goodman

Law & Constitution

Reviews in Legal History



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
PO BOX 14139
Ben Franklin Station, Washington, DC 20044

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