Members Invited to Discussion Forum on Resolution

On January 7, 2007 members of the AHA Council voted to accept the “Resolution on United States Government Practices Inimical to the Values of the Historical Profession,” which was passed one day earlier at the annual AHA business meeting. Ultimately a majority of the Council agreed that it should accept the resolution but should also take the further step of requesting its ratification by a majority of members voting in an electronic ballot, which will take place March 1.

For the next 15 days, from February 15-28, members are invited to participate in a discussion forum to comment on the resolution before the voting commences on March 1. To access the forum, login to membership services.

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  1. Herbert Shapiro

    There is ample reason to go beyond the resolution approved by the Council. The violations of standards of professional conduct cited in the resolution are linked to the illegal,colonial nature of the Iraq War. Condemnation of the war and consideration of impeachment, as Howard Zinn suggests, are appropriate. The resolution as it stands,however,is a forthright repudiation of some of the more egregious abuses spawned by the war. It will uphold the tradition of free intellectual inquiry to which history and all other scholarly disciplines are committed.A vote for ratification is in the best heritage of our profession.

  2. Van Gosse

    Whether or not you vote to ratify this resolution comes down to how you view this historical moment. As a U.S. historian I feel we have crossed several Rubicons, and that our entire republican tradition is in danger.

    There are people in power, and making war in our name, who hold in contempt the Constitution and the common-law traditions upon which it is based. However compromised those have been over our four-hundred year history, I am loathe to give them up.

    I do not want the AHA to become a talking-shop where we constantly pass meaningless resolutions regarding everything and anything. But there are times when we as historians need to speak loudly and this is one of those times. They come rarely. I hope you will vote “yes.”