6 Fed. Hist. [i] (2014)

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Welcome to our 2014 edition. We start with the 2013 Roger R. Trask Award
Lecture delivered by Pete Daniel. Dr. Daniel has made important contributions
to the federal history community and history in general through his exceptional
scholarship and leadership of several national history organizations, including the
Society for History in the Federal Government. In his incisive and direct style,
Daniel recounts some highlights of his career and research, while focusing on the
historian's responsibility to seek historical meaning. True to the purpose of the
Trask Lecture, Daniel discusses the importance of recent federal history work, but
also addresses the difficulty that historians often face when uncovering the errors
or wrongdoings of government. In that respect, Daniel has always been guided by
skepticism, and has not treated celebratory history well. In this Trask Lecture, he
urges historians to protect the integrity of their work and findings.
The great diversity of articles in this issue is not surprising, given the complex
history of our federal government. In an insightful legal and legislative history,
Jan J. Drake asks why Congress did not enact tort reform in the early 1980s. He
finds that after much debate, Congress realized the value of preserving the existing
boundaries of federalism, recognizing that the states had unique capabilities
and historically established responsibilities that they could best fulfill. Altering
that balance would create dangerous unknowns, and preserving federalism was
preferable to congressional intervention. Theresa L. Kraus traces the changing
goals and organization of the Federal Aviation Administration's education
programs over several decades. These programs were vital to the training of
aviators and our nation's aeronautical readiness. Her article is a revealing look at
both the course of such programs and the historical changes in aviation training.
Jamie C. Euken explores Senator Hugo Black's failed attempts in the 1930s to
regulate and reform the work of congressional lobbyists. That campaign revealed
the tension between the constitutional right to petition Congress and the exercise
of undue influence. With the fevered pace of New Deal reform and its threats to
entrenched business interests, Black's efforts provided a rare historical moment
from which to think about the place and function of lobbyists in the American
legislative process. Natalie Schuster traces the federal government's evolving role
in administering disaster relief in the 20th century. She argues that it was the
New Deal's unprecedented bureaucratic apparatus combined with major natural

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