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  • Report of 1776 Commission Statement.pdf

  • What Happened after America Pulled Out In 1776?

  • AHA President and Executive Director Discuss 1776 Report (January 2021) Added January 21, 2021

    AHA president Jacqueline Jones (Univ. of Texas at Austin) and AHA executive director Jim Grossman wrote an editorial in the New York Daily News discussing the report of the 1776 commission, which Grossman and Jones describe as “political propaganda masquerading as history.”

  • AHA Condemns Report of Advisory 1776 Commission (January 2021) Added January 20, 2021

    The AHA has issued a statement condemning the report from “The President’s Advisory 1776 Commission.” “Written hastily in one month after two desultory and tendentious ‘hearings,’” the AHA writes, “without any consultation with professional historians of the United States, the report fails to engage a rich and vibrant body of scholarship that has evolved over the last seven decades.” 47 organizations have signed onto the statement.

  • AHA Statement Condemning Report of Advisory 1776 Commission (January 2021) Added January 20, 2021

    The AHA has issued a statement condemning the report from "The President’s Advisory 1776 Commission.” “Written hastily in one month after two desultory and tendentious ‘hearings,’” the AHA writes, “without any consultation with professional historians of the United States, the report fails to engage a rich and vibrant body of scholarship that has evolved over the last seven decades.” 47 organizations have signed onto the statement.

  • AHA Statement Condemning “1776 Report” Featured in Media Coverage (January 2021) Added January 26, 2021

    The AHA’s statement condemning the Report of the Advisory 1776 Commission has been featured in The Guardian, the Las Vegas Sun, the Moultrie News, Politico, Revolt.tv, the Christian Post, Commons Dreams, Detroit Free Press, Statehouse Report, The Philadelphia Tribune, and Daily Beast.

  • AHA Executive Director Comments on White House 1776 Report (January 2021) Added January 19, 2021

    AHA executive director Jim Grossman was quoted in the 74, Colorado Springs Independent, Independent, Inside Higher Ed, New York Times, NBC News, Politico, Stuff, Washington Post, and KITV4 ABC commenting on the report issued by the President’s Advisory 1776 Commission. “It’s a hack job. It’s not a work of history,” Grossman told the Post. “It’s a work of contentious politics designed to stoke culture wars.”

  • AHA Executive Director Featured in ABC News Article on “1776 Ideals” Political Messaging (July 2023) Added July 20, 2023

    AHA executive director Jim Grossman spoke with ABC News about the historical context behind Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy’s invocation of “1776 ideals” on the campaign trail, as well as previous conservatives candidates’ use of 1776 as a shorthand for certain values. “We have, from the very beginning, had vast disagreements of what the spirit of ‘76 is," Grossman said, noting that the contradictions around “liberty” in the founding documents have spurred debate to this day. “If you look at the early to mid-19th century, what you will see are vast debates over whether the Constitution was a pro-slavery or anti-slavery document. . . . [The documents] were written by men who grew up in a world where it was considered normal and acceptable to own, buy, and sell other people.”

  • New Seminar by the Institute for Constitutional History: Capital as a Constitutional Issue: Land and Money, 1776–1900 Added December 16, 2015

  • AHA Executive Director Writes Editorial in The Hill (November 2020) Added November 10, 2020

    AHA executive director Jim Grossman recently wrote an editorial in The Hill discussing the November 2 executive order, “On Establishing the President’s Advisory 1776 Commission.” Grossman argues that the order “rests on caricatures of history education and remarkable ignorance about how historical knowledge evolves and finds its way into classrooms.”