The American Historical Association encourages its members to participate in civic culture, as historians. We have created forums at our web site relating to specific issues and events, such as Supreme Court decisions, candidate debates, and major issues relating to higher education. But historians should not wait for an invitation from the AHA to weigh in on conversations in the media, in their communities, and anywhere else that would benefit from the particular insights that historians bring to public affairs. And our members will benefit from seeing what their colleagues have to say. So please send links when you publish something online that relates to any aspect of public affairs.
DOJ Report on African-American Rights in Baltimore
August 22, 2016 - Jessica Millward (Associate Professor of History, University of California, Irvine) writes about the recent Department of Justice Report on police activities in Baltimore for The Conversation. Policing practices of the present, she concludes, echo policies and practices directed at Free Blacks in antebellum Baltimore.
Four Hundred Years of African-American History
July 18, 2016 - In a Richmond Times-Dispatch op-ed, Peter Onuf (Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of Virginia) responds to a congressional proposal to establish the 400 Years of African-American History Commission, concluding that African-American history is American history.
Historical Perspective on Terrorism in the US
June 14, 2016 - In a guest column and op-ed published in several newspapers, Jeremy Suri (Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs, Univ. of Texas at Austin) considers the technological and cultural shifts that has led to a rise in mass murders in the United States.
Read the op-ed in The Monitor: "COMMENTARY: Societal Changes and Mass Murders Today"
"We need more history majors, not fewer."
June 8, 2016 - In a May 30 op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, "History isn't a 'useless' major. It teaches critical thinking, something America needs plenty more of," AHA executive director Jim Grossman makes the case that "To think historically is to recognize that all problems, all situations, all institutions exist in contexts that must be understood before informed decisions can be made. No entity—corporate, government, nonprofit—can afford not to have a historian at the table."
Member Gives Context on Nativism in the US
June 2, 2016 - #EverythingHasaHistory, including nativism in US politics and popular culture. In "Nativism, An American Perennial," Historian Alan Kraut (American Univ.) offers a broad summary for the policy community and general public encompassing 250 years.