On Second Thought: An Alternative History Journal is welcoming submissions for its first volume! On Second Thought is a journal for historical writing that moves beyond the limits of traditional academia. We believe that people are engaging with history now more than ever through popular culture; by listening and reacting to podcasts like Stuff You Missed in History Class and watching movies such as Harriet, we are participating in the creation of historical narratives and ideas. Our first volume will feature an examination of oral history work done in the town of Oberlin. Oral history represents one narrative form that has long been neglected within academic discussions of history. 

We are calling for papers that engage with historical formats including documentary films, podcasts, books, and museum exhibits. Essays should not exceed five pages (double spaced) and must align with the mission of our journal. Drafts should be submitted to submit.onsecondthought@gmail.com on December 1st by 11:59 P.M. We have provided specific works that we would like to be reviewed below; please email us if you intend on submitting a draft or if you have an idea that is not mentioned.


Multimedia History: 

  • Podcasts: Stuff You Missed in History Class; Uncivil
  • Websites/Online Exhibits
  • Documentaries: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am; Geoff Pingree and Rian Brown Orso’s The Foreigner’s Home; The Changing Same


Arts Reviews:

  • Exhibitions: “Afterlives of the Black Atlantic” at the Allen Art Museum
  • Plays
  • Dance


Book Reviews: 


  • The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
  • Mothers of Massive Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy by Elizabeth Gillespie McRae
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s