2020-2021 Update

Past Tense has experienced significant delays in the publication of our Spring 2020 issue, due to challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We remain committed to releasing our 2020 issue, though we are now predicting a fall 2020 publication.

We expect to see delays with publishing the 2021 issue as well. For this reason, we have extended the deadlines to submit papers for publication until December 15th, 2020. We intend to publish the 2021 issue in summer 2021.

We thank you for your patience and understanding in these difficult circumstances. If you have questions or concerns about how Past Tense is responding to these unprecedented times, please contact us at pasttensejournal@gmail.com.

Volume 7 Now Available

We are pleased to announce the release of Volume 7 of Past Tense Graduate Review of History.

Volume 7 features three academic articles written by graduate students from across North America. Jason Romisher’s award-winning article details the ways that segregation was enacted in New Jersey, as well as African American responses to northern Jim Crow practices, focusing on swimming pools and beaches.

Jacob Bell’s article brings attention to an eighteenth-century sexual assault case, examining the international significance of this case at the time.

Vladimir Penaloza’s article examines the role of Latin America in the Second World War, encouraging readers to reconsider the conventional narratives about Nicaraguan participation in international wartime diplomacy.

Drawing from diverse time periods and geographies, the articles in this issue all speak to the way activity and passivity have been understood in specific historical contexts. All three articles offer examples of individuals, groups, and governments demonstrating agency, and ask us to re-think commonly held beliefs about authority, control, resistance, and action in the past in light of more nuanced understandings about reciprocal but unequal power relationships.

The issue also features a book review by Benson Cheung.

Thank you for supporting graduate research in history, and please enjoy the latest issue of Past Tense!