Additional Context for the Cronon Affair
On Sunday, the American Historical Association released a statement deploring the effort to intimidate AHA president-elect William Cronon. A few members have asked for additional information and context for the statement, so we offer the following:
The controversy was initiated by a blog post on Dr. Cronon’s personal web site: “Who’s Really Behind Recent Republican Legislation in Wisconsin and Elsewhere?” In subsequent items on his blog, Cronon details how the Wisconsin Republican Party issued an Open Records Law request for his University of Wisconsin—Madison emails. He has also posted a response from the Republican Party. In connection with the original blog post, Cronon also published a related New York Times op-ed “Wisconsin’s Radical Break.”
We highlight a few articles below, but you can find a more extensive list of media coverage on Cronon’s blog.
- The American Association of University Professors supports William Cronon in his assertion that the request for his emails is “obvious assault on academic freedom” and they have sent a letter (PDF) to the University of Wisconsin chancellor Carolyn (Biddy) Martin.
- Wisconsin Professor’s E-Mails Are Target of G.O.P. Records Request
By A. G. Sulzberger at New York Times
- Wisconsin GOP Seeks E-Mails of a Madison Professor Who Criticized the Governor
By Peter Schmidt at The Chronicle
- Wisconsin Gets Weirder
By Doug Lederman at Inside Higher Ed
- The New York Times
- Wisconsin: The Cronon Affair
By Anthony Grafton at The New Yorker
- William Cronon vs. Wisconsin Republican
By Christopher Shea at The Wall Street Journal
- ‘Have You No Sense of Decency?’ The Wm. Cronon Story
By James Fallows at The Atlantic
- There’s No Such Thing as a Bad FOIA Request
By Jack Shafer at Slate
- Wisconsin’s most dangerous professor
By Andrew Leonard at Salon
This post first appeared on AHA Today.
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