Historians Defend Free Expression; Condemn Blacklists

POSTED BY HANK REICHMAN

The following statement was approved by the Council of the American Historical Association (AHA) at its meeting on January 5:

The AHA upholds the rights of students, faculty, and other historians to speak freely and to engage in nonviolent political action expressing diverse perspectives on historical or contemporary issues. We condemn all efforts to intimidate those expressing their views. Specifically, we condemn in the strongest terms the creation, maintenance, and dissemination of blacklists and watchlists – through media (social and otherwise) – which identify specific individuals in ways that could lead to harassment and intimidation.

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