News & Advocacy
By providing leadership on current issues, highlighting the work of our members, and bringing the discipline into the public conversation, the American Historical Association is history's most influential and indispensable advocate. Our large membership enhances our influence in legislative and policy arenas, not just in Washington, but wherever we encounter issues regarding access to documents, academic freedom, discrimination, and other challenges affecting the work of historians. At a time of widespread budget cuts, AHA is one of the most important sources of advocacy, reminding policymakers of the importance of continuing to fund the institutions on which history in the United States depends.
AHA Statement of Support for Revised Framework for Advanced Placement U.S. History
The release of a new "framework" for the Advanced Placement examination in United States History has provoked controversy over the nature and content of the AP course. The AHA supports the direction that the College Board has taken with this new approach to Advanced Placement history education, as indicated in the framework and in the sample exam subsequently released by the Board.
Guiding Principles on Taking a Public Stance
Curious about how the AHA determines to take a public stand? Read over our Guiding Principles on Taking A Public Stance, which details what facts and objectives the AHA Council considers.
2013 Anderson Prize
Thomas F. Rugh, TIAA-CREF
The American Historical Association is pleased to award the 2013 Troyer Steele Anderson Prize to Thomas F. Rugh, director at TIAA-CREF, for his invaluable work as a member of the AHA’s finance committee. Tom’s deep knowledge of and commitment to history, combined with his expertise in investment and finance, have made his work with the AHA invaluable. The Troyer Steele Anderson award is but a small token of the AHA’s profound gratitude for his astute and unstinting effort on the Association’s behalf.
129th Presidential Address by Jan Goldstein
The 2014 AHA president, Jan Goldstein (University of Chicago), gave her presidential address, "Toward an Empirical History of Moral Thinking: The Case of Racial Theory in Mid-Nineteenth-Century France," delivered on Saturday, January 2, 2015, in the New York Hilton. The full address can be read on our website, along with other past presidential addresses.