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Our mission is to stand up for peace and diplomacy internationally, and for democracy and human rights at home.  To these ends, we are dedicated to fostering education on campuses and in communities, encouraging activism, and facilitating networking with organizations working for peace and justice.


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We have created five new Working Groups:


“Liberating History” video series

H-PAD is very excited to announce a series of short videos, titled Liberating History. New episodes will be posted on this page when they’re ready.

Episode 1: “Trump Administration Policy in the Middle East: A Cruel Continuity.” Watch historian Irene Gendzier explain the historical roots of Trump’s policies toward Iran, Saudi Arabia, Israel/Palestine, and the rest of the region.

Episode 2: “The Structure of Punishment: Crack and the Rise of Mass Incarceration.” Historian Donna Murch traces the historical origins of the U.S. “war on drugs” and the system of mass incarceration that accompanies it, focusing on the racist and hypocritical policing of Black crack cocaine users.


The H-PAD Steering Committee has issued the following statement on Bolivia (November 17, 2019):

Historians for Peace and Democracy unequivocally condemns the unconstitutional removal of Bolivian President Evo Morales from office on November 10. The coup has directly empowered the Bolivian right, which has a terrifying record of racism, misogyny, and violence. Unsurprisingly, it has received vocal support from the Trump administration. We recognize that the political situation in Bolivia is very complex and that progressive Bolivians are internally divided, both about the policies of the Morales government and about what should happen next. However, this complexity should not obscure the fact that Morales’s ouster was a coup and that it has greatly strengthened the most reactionary forces in Bolivian society. We condemn the U.S. support for the coup and call upon all parties to work for a peaceful, just, and constitutional resolution to the crisis.

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Other H-PAD activities

Check out Jim O’Brien’s biweekly selection of insightful news and journal articles in the H-PAD blog section.
Podcasts of our H-PAD panel “Two More Years of Trump: What Is to Be Done?” at the 2019 American Historical Association are now available.
In the fall of 2018, H-PAD sent out seven “Voting Rights Alerts” (see blog posts) to help prepare for the midterm elections on November 6, and advocate for students’ right to vote.

H-PAD is developing a Public History Campaign, finding ways to agitate for peace and justice with useful, accessible, accurate materials.  Our Public History campaign has three components:

  • Investing in a much larger social media presence, including webinars, videos, and podcasts;
  • Producing many more “Broadsides for the Trump Era” and distributing them widely, via web ads;
  • Building partnerships with progressive and left organizations and publications to distribute our public, political, and popular history.
You can contribute to the Public History Campaign by signing up as an H-PAD Campus Contact or Community Contact, becoming a liaison for possible events and speakers.  Please sign up here.  You can also help by making a financial contribution.  To build our “Public History” campaign, we need to pay for professional help in creating new media, advertising space on the web, and the distribution of our materials to everyone who needs them.
This open resource history website, sponsored by H-PAD and the Peace History Society, continues to build a solid foundation for critical thinking on U.S. foreign policy.  Written for students and the general public, the latest essays are “Cold War interventionism, 1945-1990” and “The post-Cold War era, 1989-2001” (see blog here).  Excellent for online coursework.