Members of the American Historical Association have ratified the “Resolution on United States Government Practices Inimical to the Values of the Historical Profession.” The vote was 1,550 (75.61%) in favor and 498 (24.29%) opposed. Two persons submitted incomplete ballots. The number of voting members represented 14.67% of the AHA membership.
The Resolution was originally accepted by the Council at the January 7, 2007 council meeting. Because it was received too late to be published in the December 2006 issue of Perspectives, and because of its intrinsic importance, the Council took the additional step of asking the membership to ratify the resolution. Members were informed of the voting process in the February edition of Perspectives. On February 15, 2007, members were sent an email* inviting them to participate in a special discussion forum blog from the February 15 to the 28th. The vote was held from March 1 to 9, 2007. Members wishing to review comments from the discussion forum on the resolution can visit the AHA member services page.
*Emails were sent to members for whom the AHA has a valid email address and who have opted to receive emails from the AHA.