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Available now: American Quarterly June 2017, Volume 69, Issue 2. Make sure to visit the Beyond the Page section for supplementary content. 

Each piece in this issue of American Quarterly has disparate origins and routes. Although we were keenly aware of the importance of each essay from the beginning, as we move into the production phase just a week after Donald Trump’s inauguration, every essay has become far more relevant to the world we live in than we had imagined at the outset. Although these varied works came to be placed in this particular issue more by circumstance than advance planning, together these works—that address gay activism, Indigenous dispossession, racial capitalism, settler colonialism, carceral ableism, immigration, and deportation—point us to many of the critical battles that lie ahead and offer many important tools in fighting them.

We are proud to announce that American Quarterly September 2015 special issue, “Pacific Currents,” guest edited by Paul Lyons and Ty Kāwika Tengan, is the winner of the 2016 Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) Award for Best Special Issue. Thank you to Paul and Ty for their vision and leadership and to all the contributors to the special issue!

The September 2012 issue of American Quarterly (Volume 64, Issue 3) was recognized as the co-winner of Best Special Issue by The Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ).

The journal has updated its Author Guidelines to introduce an online submission system.

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Tours of Duty and Tours of Leisure

Now available from the Johns Hopkins University Press, this special issue investigates the multiple ways in which tourism and militarism inform each other in the past and in our own contemporary moment. 

To receive a 20% discount on Tours of Duty and Tours of Leisure, please call the JHUP customer service department at 1-800-537-5487 and mention code NAF. Or order online at the Johns Hopkins University Press website and enter code NAF at the checkout.