Established in 1977, the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR) is an association of scholars dedicated to exploring the events and the meaning of United States history between 1776 and 1861. SHEAR’s mission is to foster the study of the early republican period among professional historians, students, and the general public. It upholds the highest intellectual standards of the historical profession and encourages the broad diffusion of historical insights through all appropriate channels, including schools, museums, libraries, electronic media, public programming, archives, and publications. SHEAR cherishes a democratic ethos in scholarship and cultivates close, respectful, and productive exchanges between serious scholars at every level of experience and recognition. SHEAR membership is open to all; most members are professional historians employed in colleges, universities, museums, and historical parks and agencies, as well as independent scholars and graduate students. Membership in the Society includes a subscription to the Journal of the Early Republic, published four times a year by the University of North Carolina Press.
Memberships/subscriptions are valid January 1 through December 31. Memberships/subscriptions received after October 31 in any year become effective the following January 1. Members/subscribers joining mid-year receive copies of all issues of the JER already in print for that year.
Ways to donate include
Make a donation to the D/E/I: SHEAR Research Fellowships
Or, make a donation of any size to the general fund via the “Friend of SHEAR” link.