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. 


News of Note

H-PAD at the AHA

Historians for Peace and Democracy will be at the American Historical Association (AHA) annual meeting in Chicago, IL, January 3-6, 2019

Two More Years of Trump: What Is to Be Done? Join H-PAD and MARHO (Middle Atlantic Radical Historians Organization/Radical History Review) or an exciting panel on Friday, January 4, 10:30 am to 12:00, Stevens C-3 (Hilton Chicago, Lower Level).  We are living in dangerous times, and we, as historians, have a role to play in resisting the attacks against Blacks, Latinos, women, the LGBTQ community, workers, and those foreign nations and peoples the Trump regime dislikes and attacks.  We will also talk about ways to work in solidarity with those forces that are leading the fight to expand democracy, social justice, and economic equality in the United States and around the world.  The panelists are Daniel Bessner, University of Washington, whose work focuses on what a left foreign policy would look like; Bruce Cumings, University of Chicago, who specializes in modern Korean history; Nancy MacLean, Duke University, the author of Democracy in Chains, among other books; Barbara Ransby, University of Illinois in Chicago, who recently authored Making All Black Lives Matter; Barbara Weinstein, New York University, past AHA president and expert on Brazil and the recent election of Jair Bolsonaro; Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University.  Following remarks from the panelists, we will open the session to Q & A and discussion.

Friday, January 4, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.:  H-PAD Literature Table, Hilton Chicago Stevens C Prefunction Room. Stop by and pick up free broadsides and other literature and to chat with members of HPAD!

Saturday, January 5, 12 to 1:30 p.m.,H-PAD organizing meeting and discussion of “What Is To Be Done?” Stevens C-8, Hilton Chicago.

Jesse Lemisch, 1936-2018

Historians for Peace and Democracy (H-PAD) is among the sponsors of a memorial service for historian Jesse Lemisch, who passed away on August 24. He was a co-founder of our predecessor, Historians Against the War, in 2003. The memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 4:30 to 6:30. It will be held at New York University’s Tamiment Library, 75 Washington Square South, New York City. More information is at https://events.nyu.edu/#!view/event/event_id/219096 (it may be necessary to scroll down slightly).

The organizers of the memorial have compiled a list of Jesse’s writings, with links to materials that are available on-line.

We need your help!

Historians for Peace and Democracy is gearing up for the 2018-2019 academic year.  This fall we sent out seven “Voting Rights Alerts” (see blog posts) to help prepare for the midterm elections on November 6.  Besides students’ right to vote, our focus this fall is on “Public History,” finding ways to support the Resistance with useful, accessible, accurate materials.

Our “Public History” campaign has three emphases:

  • 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 (see our latest, “Building a Regime of Restrictive Immigration Laws, 1840-1945” by Felice Batlan);
  • Building partnerships with progressive and left organizations and publications to distribute our public, political, and popular history.

You can support this work in two ways:  by signing up as an H-PAD Campus Contact and by contributing money:


“Campus Contacts” are just that—people who agree to be public representatives for our organization and act as contacts and liaisons, listed on our website, available as speakers and resources.  Please sign up here, and if you want to be a “Community Contact,” that’s fine too.

We also hope you will make a financial contribution.  To build our “Public History” campaign, we need funds:  to pay for professional help in creating new media; to buy advertising space on the web to distribute our materials widely and freely to everyone who needs them.

If every H-PAD supporter gave just $5, we would have enough to launch our “Public History Fund.”  If every one of you gave $10, we could invest in enough web advertising to guarantee reaching the thousands of Indivisible groups, the tens of thousands of Black Lives Matter, DACA, and LGBTQ activists on campus, and the hundreds of thousands of individuals around the country mobilizing for the first time in their communities.  The web makes that possible.  Will you help, by sending $5 or $10?

H-PAD Steering Committee Newsletter

Historians for Peace and Democracy has released its second newsletter (Nov. 19, 2018). Check it out.

New Peace History website essay:  “U.S. in World War I”

Read the blog or go to the website.