Member Survey about Resolution

On March 1 an electronic ballot was sent to members regarding ratification of the “Resolution on Government Practices Inimical to the Values of the Historical Profession” adopted at the 2007 Business Meeting. Excepted from this e-mail “blast” to members were those members who have asked the AHA not to send them electronic messages and those members for whom the AHA does not have an e-mail address.

The voting period is from March 1, 12:01 a.m. EST until March 9, 11:59 p.m. EST, and is limited to members in good standing as of February 13, 2007.

If you have questions or need help, please contact the AHA’s survey vendor, Election Services Corp., by e-mail at or call toll-free 866-720-4357 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Eastern Time. Remember, your vote must be cast no later than 11:59 p.m., EST, March 9, 2007.

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  1. Al

    I’ve voted against this silly Resolution. No doubt the War will now stop thanks to the AHA’s brave stance. As always happens with these well-meaning things, the proposers overbid themselves. Had they restricted the resolution to the Bush administration’s reclassifying of declassified documents and various other limited objectives, I’d have voted for it. As it is, however, it’s meaningless, feel-good pap. What, pray tell, does Gitmo have to do with the American Historical Association? Answer: Nothing, but doesn’t it make middle-class professors at second-rate colleges feel good “doing something” about it! In short, would it be possible, just once, not to turn an institution devoted to ensuring standards into a Chomskyite front?

  2. Alan Unsworth

    Al, “ensuring standards” is exactly what this resolution is about. I suggest that you read it again.

  3. John

    How embarrassing for the profession that historians could support such an unsophisticated view of world events.

  4. Dave

    The AHA has little business making statements and raising protests about politics, military affairs, and dipomatic affairs. The AHA’s membership and its leadership are hardly qualified to judge issues about military and diplomatic affairs, because they do not study those areas. Look at the quantity, or lack, of military and diplomatic history panels presented at the AHA conferences or accepted by the AHR. The AHA and the AHR do not display much interest in military or diplomatic affairs. This AHA Resolution’s content is as simplistic as the AHA accuses the Bush Administration of being.

    Having said this, there are TWO very important features of this resolution.

    The Bush Administration has not made use of the expertise in military and diplomatic history in academic communities, except for the rare Neo-Conservative scholar who already agrees with the war effort. ***“excluding well-recognized foreign scholars; condemning as “revisionism” the search for truth about pre-war intelligence.”

    And, the Bush Administration does try to cover its tracks. ***“re-classifying previously unclassified government documents.”

    These TWO complaints in the AHA Resolution are worthy. Free speech, public debate, and open access to government documents are very important, not only to the history profession but also to the nation!! These represent the AHA’s best approach!!

    However, the rest of the AHA Resolution is too simplistic and too politicized. Those isolated examples of a very few abuses of civil rights must be placed in the larger contexts of dealing real threats to our national security. And, the AHA Resolution also makes those same examples of civil rights abuses sound like the entire US military establishment is corrupt and unjust.

    Therefore, I oppose the AHA Resolution and voted against the AHA Resolution.

    Please send this resolution back to the drawing board, get more input than just that of the AHA Council, and focus on issues/complaints related to the historical profession!

  5. Walter (Mac) McIntosh

    As a former clandestine services officer who has personally experienced outrageous censorship based on fear of embarrassment rather than any aspect of national security, I fully support this resolution .