Policies & Principles

In a wide range of situations, whether involving the rights and careers of individual historians, historical practice in diverse venues, or the role of history in public culture, the AHA has the responsibility to take public stands.

Teaching History with Integrity

Through Teaching History with Integrity, the AHA leads or participates in several initiatives to provide resources and support for history educators facing intensifying controversies about the teaching of the American past.

Freedom to Learn

The AHA’s Freedom to Learn initiative educates historians and others on how to advocate publicly for honest history education, responds directly to the bills themselves, and creates resources to help teachers directly affected by these bills think about how to maintain the integrity of their history courses.

Teaching Spotlight: Confronting a
Nation's Past

Katharina Matro, a high school social studies teacher who grew up in Germany, explains how consistent and open education about the Holocaust has shaped her own commitment to democracy and her love of country. Matro has served as a member of the Teaching Division of the American Historical Association's governing council.

Action Alerts

Learn how you can take action in your state.

AHA Testimony Before Legislatures and Boards of Education

“You cannot censor your way to great schools.”
- Julia Brookins (AHA) before the Texas State Board of Education

AHA staff and Council members have written articles and made public appearances highlighting the challenges teachers and educators face from legislation restricting the teaching of “divisive concepts" and issues related to teaching history with integrity.

AHA Media Appearances & Publications

AHA staff and Council members have written articles and made public appearances highlighting the challenges teachers and educators face from legislation restricting the teaching of “divisive concepts" and issues related to teaching history with integrity.

Support the AHA's Advocacy Efforts

The AHA is unique among history organizations with the breadth and depth of our advocacy efforts. Our advocacy work is more critical now than ever before, and we need your help. If you believe in the importance of honest history education, please join the AHA as a member or donate to the AHA's Advocacy Fund to support our advocacy work.

For the Press

Access press releases issued by the AHA and other resources for the media.

Advocating for History Education: Insights for Historians

In the ongoing battle over "divisive concepts" legislation in schools, historians find themselves on the front lines. This panel provides historical context for this controversy and helps equip historians with the tools they need to advocate effectively for the professional integrity of history education in the United States.

Perspectives on History

Read articles on advocacy issues in Perspectives.