The Society is a permanent organization of historians of France. Its purpose is to promote scholarly work in any and all aspects of French history. It carries out this purpose chiefly through the holding of annual meetings.
In the mid-1950s our ﬁeld was an intellectual backwater, and the American media showed little understanding of France. ‘‘Even the New York Times,’’ lamented Evelyn Acomb, a historian of French laïcité, ‘‘writes very patronizing editorials on the country.’’ Acomb added that France lay largely outside the concerns of North American historians.