For over eighty years, Pacific Historical Review has accurately and adeptly covered the rich history of the American West and the peoples and cultures of the Pacific world, including Asia, Latin America, and beyond. The PHR is committed to the publication of work that explores cross-cultural and comparative studies, race and ethnicity, the history of empire and imperialism, environmental history, gender and sexuality, and other germane topics.
In this special issue of Pacific Historical Review, guest editor Andrew C. Isenberg returns a sense of context and contingency to the understanding of mid-nineteenth-century U.S. expansion. Not only did Mexico, Britain, and Native Americans contest U.S. expansion; so, too, did many within the United States and in some cases American western settlers themselves. The notion of manifest destiny reflects few of these complexities. The articles include:
James D. Drake, the Ray Allen Billington Prize of the WHA and the Louis Knott Koontz Memorial Award of the PCB-AHA for "A Divide to Heal the Union: The Creation of the Continental Divide"
Katherine Ellinghaus, the Jensen-Miller Award of the WHA for "A Little Home for Myself and Child": The Women of the Quapaw Agency and the Policy of Competency"
Lawrence H. Kessler, the W. Turrentine Jackson Prize of the PCB-AHA for “A Plantation upon a Hill: Or, Sugar without Rum: Hawai‘i’s Missionaries and the Founding of the Sugarcane Plantation System”
PHR Named "Periodical of the Month" by the California State Library, California History Room