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The latest activity of the AHA and historians in supporting history and historical thinking.

  • AHA Signs on to ACLS Statement on 2024 Campus Protests (May 2024)

    May 30, 2024 - 

    The AHA has signed on to the American Council of Learned Societies’ (ACLS) “Statement on 2024 Campus Protests,” which addresses the use of state and local police forces by universities against student protestors and the “excessively punitive attitude taken toward protesting students.” The ACLS writes, “As scholars, we believe that suppressing the expression of unpopular or uncomfortable ideas by students or faculty engaged in peaceful protest does not do justice to the values at the heart of the university.”

  • AHA Partners with Wiki Education for New Member Benefit

    May 23, 2024 - 

    The AHA is pleased to announce our partnership with Wiki Education, a nonprofit organization that strives to engage students and academics in improving Wikipedia, enriching student learning, and building a more informed public. AHA members now receive special access to Wiki Education’s free online Wikipedia and Wikidata training courses, which are designed to teach subject matter experts how to edit Wikipedia articles. To sign up for a course, sign in to your MyAHA account, scroll down to “Discounts and Other Benefits” at the bottom of the page, and follow the steps posted under “Wiki Education.” AHA members will also have access to an exclusive online training course just for AHA members—details to come this summer.

    As part of this partnership, we’re also spotlighting Wiki Education’s Wikipedia Student Program, in which college instructors assign students Wikipedia writing projects. You can learn more about the program on Wiki Education’s website.

    Email Hope Shannon at with any questions.

  • Former AHA President Awarded 2024 Pulitzer Prize in History (May 2024)

    May 07, 2024 - 

    Congratulations to former AHA president Jacqueline Jones (Univ. of Texas at Austin), who was awarded the 2024 Pulitzer Prize in History for her book, No Right to an Honest Living: The Struggles of Boston’s Black Workers in the Civil War Era (Basic Books). Jones’s book, the prize announcement said, is “a breathtakingly original reconstruction of free Black life in Boston that profoundly reshapes our understanding of the city’s abolitionist legacy and the challenging reality for its Black residents.”

  • AHA Issues Statement on 2024 Campus Protests (May 2024)

    May 06, 2024 - 

    The AHA has issued a statement “deplor[ing] recent decisions among college and university administrators to draw on local and state police forces to evict peaceful demonstrators.” Pointing to historical events on campuses such as Kent State University and Jackson State University in 1970, as well as the “Orangeburg Massacre” of 1968, the AHA “urges everyone involved to learn from that history and turn away from the violent escalation we are now seeing on campuses.” The AHA “urges administrators to recognize the fundamental value of peaceful protest on college and university campuses.” To date, 21 organizations have signed on to the statement.

  • AHA Submits Testimony on Idaho Social Studies Standards Review (April 2024)

    May 01, 2024 - 

    The AHA has reviewed the draft Idaho Content Standards for Social Studies and submitted testimony to the Idaho Department of Education offering suggestions to improve student learning in specific content areas. “Additional attention to state and local history would enhance this framework by engaging students through exploration of the pasts that shape their experiences and the communities in which they live,” the AHA wrote. “Taking advantage of this opportunity to revise the standards by bringing in more of Idaho’s unique story, especially in relation to Native history, westward migration, mining, and public land use, as well as specifying more than a single line about the Civil Rights Movement would further strengthen them.”

  • AHA Submits Testimony on Maine Social Studies Standards Review (April 2024)

    May 01, 2024 - 

    The AHA has reviewed the existing Maine Learning Results for Social Studies and has submitted testimony to the Maine Department of Education (DOE) as part of the state’s process for standards revision. This testimony includes suggested revisions and “encourages the DOE to provide more robust guidance to districts and teachers about themes, topics, ideas, and developments with which students should ideally be familiar by the completion of their K–12 education,” emphasizing the importance of teaching students to think historically.

  • AHA and OAH Amicus Brief for Dobbs v. Jackson Cited in New York Times Magazine Article (May 2024)

    May 01, 2024 - 

    The amicus curiae brief submitted by the AHA and the Organization of American Historians (OAH) in the Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was cited in a New York Times Magazine article by Emily Bazelon about the new “history and tradition” test that conservative court judges have recently adopted, which “allow judges to set aside modern developments in the law to restore the precedents of the distant past.” The brief, based on decades of study and research by professional historians, aimed to provide an accurate historical perspective of abortion and abortion laws; the article describes how the history presented in the brief was largely ignored by in favor of other interpretations by Justice Samuel Alito, the author of the majority opinion in Dobbs.

  • AHA President and President-Elect Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences (April 2024)

    Apr 25, 2024 - 

    AHA president Thavolia Glymph (Duke Univ.) and president-elect Ben Vinson III (Howard Univ.) were named as two of the individuals elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2024. Members of the academy are “those who discover and advance knowledge and those who apply knowledge to the problems of society.”

  • AHA Sends Letter to Iowa Governor Urging Veto of Social Studies Bill (April 2024)

    Apr 25, 2024 - 

    The AHA has sent a letter to Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds urging her to veto HF 2545, a bill “[r]iddled with distortions and inaccuracies” that “overrides the state’s mandated process for developing public school curricula, while imposing unprecedented restrictions on the content and structure of key courses in US and world history.” “This bill is a Frankenstein’s monster constructed out of five out-of-state model bills that share little more than the support of a small group of lobbyists with an overt political agenda,” the AHA wrote. 

  • AHA Researcher Testifies on Maine Social Studies Standards (April 2024)

    Apr 24, 2024 - 

    AHA researcher Scot McFarlane will testify on behalf of the AHA to the Maine Department of Education regarding the state’s current social studies standards. In a public hearing in Augusta on April 29, McFarlane will share prepared remarks. “Maine’s social studies standards… emphasize skills with little specificity about content. This is a missed opportunity. State-level social studies standards can help teachers engage their students by placing local, state, and regional history in a context that connects to national and global themes,” his testimony states. “Good, history-rich standards can guide parents, teachers, and school administrators as they prepare future generations of Maine students for success in a complex and interconnected world.”