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I. The H-POL Network: Scope, Content, Purpose.

H-Pol is dedicated to enhancing research, service, and teaching in the field of American political history. We invite subscribers to submit essays, datasets, book lists, teaching ideas, and reference queries intended for a scholarly audience. It is our hope that we can develop a thriving network of scholars, teachers, librarians, and serious students of American political history that integrates a variety of disciplines, methods, eras, and perspectives.

H-Pol is free and open to anyone with a serious and abiding interest in the history of American politics. It is NOT a current events list, although current political issues can merit productive discussion of their historical roots. Like all H-Net lists, H-Pol is moderated to edit out material that, the editors' opinion, is not germane to the list, involves technical matters (such as subscription management requests), is inflammatory, or violates evolving, yet common, standards of Internet etiquette.

H-Pol is affiliated with the Politics Network of the Social Science History Association, and posts the Network's annual Newsletter at its website:

H-Pol also cooperates with the History and Politics Organized Section of the American Political Science Association.

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III. Communicating Through the List.

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IV. The H-POL Site on the World Wide Web

In addition to providing interactive communications via electronic mail, H-POL also maintains a site on the World Wide Web. The site is located on the H-Net server at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, USA. It may be located by following the hypertext links at The H-POL web site contains the following information and services:

* The archives of the H-POL list, known as its "logs." They are in searchable and sortable format.
* The network's official documents: its welcome files, lists of board members and editors, contact information, and other founding and information documents.
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V. Editorial Board.

H-POL's daily activities are managed by the editors. Its long- term policies are developed by the editorial board. If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact the current editor. Board members referee incoming articles, reviews, and teaching materials; establish basic subscription restrictions and policy; advise the editors on disputes among editors and subscribers; monitor the list and make active contributions to discussion; and serve as the subscribers' voice in H-Net affairs. You are encouraged to contact any or all of the editorial board members with ideas and concerns about H-POL.

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