The oldest and largest society of historians and professors of history in the United States, the American Historical Association (AHA), has issued a statement condemning “the recent deployment of histories invented in the interest of bigotry, violence, and division.”
“If the statements of white nationalists do not reflect who Americans are or want to be,” the statement says, “they do compose an undeniable part of our collective past. Those aspects of the nation’s heritage should be exposed and overcome, rather than ignored or celebrated. Knowledge of history can help Americans achieve that goal.”
The statement on domestic terrorism, bigotry, and history was cosigned by some three dozen academic organizations, including the Organization of American Historians, American Anthropological Association, National Council on Public History
North American Conference on British Studies, the Oral History Association and the Organization of American Historians.
You can read the full statement at the AHA website. Founded in 1884, the AHA promotes historical studies, the teaching of history, and the preservation of and access to historical materials. The organization also publishes a leading historical journal The American Historical Review.
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