J. Franklin Jameson (1859-1937) was a history professor at Brown University from 1888 to 1901, a vice president of the Rhode Island Historical Society, first secretary of the American Historical Association and long-time editor of its journal, The American Historical Review, Director of Historical Research at the Carnegie Institution in Washington, D.C., and the founder of the National Archives.
Jameson edited The American Historical Review, the profession’s most distinguished journal, from its inception in 1895 until 1928, except for the years he spent in Chicago. He also played a major role in developing The Dictionary of American Biography. Other scholarly credits include his general editorship of the nineteen volume Original Narratives of Early American History. He personally produced two of the volumes in this distinguished series. Jameson’s most famous book was The American Revolution Considered as a Social Movement (1926), a pioneering effort to explain the impact of the War of Independence on American society and economic life which has been hailed as a “landmark” in the historography of the Revolutionary Era.
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