My article on Anson Burlingame in Diplomatic History, vol. 1, no. 3, Summer 1977, was my first publication. I was a relatively new PhD teaching in good but temporary appointments and striving to get myself in print. I was a brand-new scholar, and DH was a brand-new journal. Although DH was in its first year, it was already evident that the journal was where a young scholar wanted his work to appear. I choose to use the pronoun “his” to make the point that the number of women among our ranks was shamefully small. To SHAFR’s credit, however, Diane Shaver Clemens and Judith Hughes were members of the founding editorial board of DH.

The founders of SHAFR were by and...

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