History Impact Article Collection

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History Research Making an Impact

Research from Routledge History journals continues to make an impact and to spread its influence in the respective fields of study. To celebrate this we have brought together a few key articles from across the portfolio that showcase this quality research. 

We have made the articles free to view only through this page and they are available to read for free until 31/12/2019

Article TitleAuthorJournal Title
Beyond diversity: anti-racist pedagogy in British H⁠istory d⁠epartmentsMeleisa Ono-GeorgeWomen’s History Review

This viewpoint article was written in response to The Royal Historical Society’s 2018 Race, Ethnicity & Equality in UK History: A Report and Resource for Change. The report raised the alarm on the prevalence of racism in Higher Education Institutions in the UK and highlighted the urgency of this issue within the field of History. This viewpoint discusses the report’s proposals to address the negative university experience for and unequal awarding of degrees to students of colour, arguing that racial equality will only be achieved if we are willing to change the very structure and pedagogy of our classrooms, adopting critical and engaged anti-racist pedagogical practice.

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US censorship of radio news in the 1930s: the case of Boake CarterDavid Culbert Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television

This article highlights primary source material from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in New York, consisting of a correspondence that reveals sponsor pressure to control the political content of regular nightly news broadcasts over the Columbia Broadcasting System during 1937-38. Published in 1982, the article examines the correspondence, arguing that many are unaware of ‘how much control the individual sponsor had and still has’ over the topics discussed in news outlets. This resonates with current debates over media impartiality and bias, commercial influence and freedom of expression, and anyone with an interest in political and cultural history will find this article fascinating.

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Finding last middle passage survivor Sally ‘Redoshi’ Smith on the page and screenHannah Durkin Slavery and Abolition

This article identifies the last living survivor of the Middle Passage, Sally ‘Redoshi’ Smith, and brings to light what is thought to be the only known film footage of a female transatlantic slavery survivor, studied alongside a range of archival sources. The subject of much interest, including a piece in the New York Times, this article details not only the experiences of a female Middle Passage survivor, but also how a woman born in West Africa battled not just to survive, but also to retain her cultural heritage in the United States.

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The rise of living alone and loneliness in history K.D.M Snell Social History

This article connects two current debates: the rise of single-person households or of ‘solitaries’, and the so-called ‘loneliness epidemic’ and raises questions about how these are associated. This piece, cited within a House of Commons report on the ‘Effect of loneliness on local communities’ in 2017, documents a dramatic rise across many countries in single-person households during the twentieth century, notably since the 1960s. The current western proportions of such households are wholly unprecedented historically and this discussion examines this trend – which has very wide ramifications – and raises issues about its relevance for modern problems of loneliness as a social and welfare concern.

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‘Injections-While-You-Dance’: Press Advertisement and Poster Promotion of the Polio Vaccine to British Publics, 1956–1962Hannah J. Elizabeth, Gareth Millward and Alex Mold Cultural and Social History

In this article, Elizabeth, Millward and Mold discuss the production and dissemination of the informative messages promoting polio vaccination registration in Britain from 1956-1962. This piece argues that as the press reported on the problems which beset the vaccine campaign, and the various publics who could register for the polio vaccination multiplied, the campaign’s content changed. Material was adapted to target the presumed emotional and educational needs of newly eligible publics. The article contends that by attending to the emotional content of this campaign, the variety of publics envisioned by the producers may be examined. Published on an open access basis in Cultural and Social History, this piece links the cultural, political, and emotional contexts of the British government’s polio vaccination campaign.

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