Outstanding Historian Honored

Bloomington, IN

-- April 19, 2006 --

Manfred Berg of Ruprecht-Karls-Universität has been selected by the Organization of American Historians (OAH) to receive the 2006 David Thelen Award for the best article on American history published in a foreign language. On Saturday, April 22, OAH President Vicki L. Ruiz and President-Elect Richard White will present the award in Washington, D.C., during the 99th Annual Meeting of the Organization.

In “Black Civil Rights and Liberal Anticommunism: The NAACP during the McCarthy Era,” Berg argues that the accusations that the civil rights organization sold its soul to avoid being considered sympathetic to the Communist Party of the USA (CPUSA) and that it thereby weakened its advocacy of civil rights are unfair. Berg asserts that the NAACP’s goals were rarely congruent with the CPUSA and that its anticommunism was not as strident as some historians have claimed. In fact, Berg writes, the NAACP’s philosophy of “liberal anticommunism” preserved the mainstream political legitimacy of the movement for civil rights without subjecting the organization to internal ideological purges during the McCarthy era. Berg’s articulate essay makes good use of primary source materials in the Library of Congress and extends an important historiographical conversation about the NAACP, domestic politics, and the Cold War.

Founded in 1907, OAH is the largest learned society and professional organization dedicated to the teaching and study of the American past. OAH promotes excellence in the scholarship, teaching, and presentation of American history, and encourages wide discussion of historical questions and equitable treatment of all practitioners of history. Members in the U.S. and abroad include college and university professors; students; precollegiate teachers; archivists, museum curators, and other public historians employed in government and the private sector.

For information: http://www.oah.org
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