Call for Papers

Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies Special Issue: The African American Freedom Struggle from Abolition to Civil Rights and Beyond, Guest edited by Samuel W. Black, Senator John Heinz History Center.

Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies, published by the Pennsylvania Historical Association, is issuing a call for articles to be included in a special issue on the history of African Americans in Pennsylvania.

The Guest Editor seeks proposals of scholarly articles (25–35 pages, double spaced) featuring new research on the above topic that includes the Underground Railroad, Civil Rights, Black Lives Matter, and other topics in a broad survey of various aspects of the African American in Pennsylvania. Pieces may focus on events and issues relating to the presence of African Americans in the Commonwealth from the seventeenth century to the present.

Articles placing Pennsylvania within the larger context of national and international freedom struggles are also encouraged. Additionally, vignettes (between 1,000 and 1,550 words) that showcase a particular artifact or document are welcome. Museum exhibition reviews, etc., relating to African Americans in Pennsylvania will also be considered. 

Deadline: The deadline for submissions is January 1, 2024.  

Details: Potential authors should consult the Guest Editor to discuss their topic, who can be contacted at: Samuel W. Black,

Additional questions relating to this or any other issues of Pennsylvania History can be directed to Linda A. Ries, Editor at