Summing Up the Past Year in Action

Dear H-PAD members and friends,


It has been a tumultuous but fruitful year since our May 28, 2019 National Strategy Meeting of Historians, and we want to catch up with you.


Since 2017, we have focused on the profound danger posed by the Trump Administration, converting what was Historians Against the War to Historians for Peace and Democracy. We began issuing Broadsides for the Trump Era and recruiting new members. 


Then, following a standing-room-only forum at the January 2019 AHA Annual Meeting in Chicago, we called the National Strategy Meeting in New York city a year ago. Attended by about fifty historians, it has produced measurable results:


·      The formation of five different Working Groups: on K-12 Education, Palestine, Empire and War, Immigrant Rights, and People’s History;

·      An entire mini-conference at the 2020 AHA Annual Meeting in alliance with the Radical History Review

·      Presenting three resolutions at the AHA Business Meeting (censuring university collaboration with ICE and the Israeli government’s violations of academic freedom), and winning approval of the first;

·      Initiating a Liberating History video series, with two already out from Donna Murch and Irene Gendzier;

·      Finally, early this year, we created a new, active membership category, and well over one hundred folks have already signed up—feel free to Join Us!


The latest news is that, looking towards this fall’s election, H-PAD is building a new project, the Professors Network for Student Voting Rights. Expect to hear more on that front soon!


If you have questions about any of the above, please feel free to write us at


In solidarity,

Van Gosse and Margaret Power, Co-Chairs