News & Advocacy
By providing leadership on current issues, highlighting the work of our members, and bringing the discipline into the public conversation, the American Historical Association is history's most influential and indispensable advocate. Our large membership enhances our influence in legislative and policy arenas, not just in Washington, but wherever we encounter issues regarding access to documents, academic freedom, discrimination, and other challenges affecting the work of historians. At a time of widespread budget cuts, AHA is one of the most important sources of advocacy, reminding policymakers of the importance of continuing to fund the institutions on which history in the United States depends.
AHA Urges Investigation of Destruction of Archives in El Salvador
On January 27, AHA President Jan Goldstein and Executive Director James Grossman submitted a letter, reproduced here, to David Ernesto Morales Cruz, procurador para la defense de los derechos humanos (attorney for the defense of human rights) for the government of El Salvador.
Guiding Principles on Taking a Public Stance
Curious about how the AHA determines to take a public stand? Read over our Guiding Principles on Taking A Public Stance, which details what facts and objectives the AHA Council considers.