Historians Against the War Welcomes
Who We Are: Historians Against the War (HAW)
is a national network, founded at the 2003 annual meeting of the American
Historical Association to express opposition to the impending war on Iraq and the
Bush Administration’s assault on civil liberties. Since the United
States invasion of Iraq,
our concerns about U.S.
foreign and domestic policy have increased.
September 2003, we issued a follow-up statement expressing our opposition to
the occupation of Iraq, the
expansion of United States
empire, the doctrine of preemptive war, and the
continued encroachment on civil liberties.
More than 1300 historians have signed this statement:
As historians, teachers, and scholars,
we oppose the expansion of United States
empire and the doctrine of pre-emptive war that have
led to the occupation of Iraq.
We deplore the secrecy, deception, and distortion of history involved in the
administration's conduct of a war that violates international law, intensifies
attacks on civil liberties, and reaches toward domination of the Middle East and its resources. Believing that both the
Iraqi people and the American people have the right to determine their own
political and economic futures (with appropriate outside assistance), we call
for the restoration of cherished freedoms in the United
States and for an end to the U.S.
occupation of Iraq.
Action: We have organized a wide
range of activities reflecting these priorities:
Contingents at major antiwar
demonstrations, including the march in New
York on February 15, 2003 and the August 29, 2004 the
rally at the Republican National Convention.
Dozens of teach-ins, debates and
forums, first in March 2003 leading up to the war, and again in March 2004,
examining the occupation.
Successful resolutions in support
of academic freedom at the January 2004 American Historical Association meeting
and the March 2004 Organization of American Historians meeting. OAH President James Horton appointed HAW
Steering Committee member David Montgomery to head a committee investigating
violations of historians’ academic freedom.
A growing publication series, including Let History Judge, examining the
historical record of the Bush Administration, A Brief Bibliography of English Language
Sources and Studies on the Middle East and Muslim South Asia (edited
by Marvin Gettleman and Stuart A. Schaar),
and WE WON’T
GO: Narratives of Resistance to World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War,
the 1990–91 US–Iraq War, and the 2003– US–Iraq War (edited by Staughton Lynd), all available to
be downloaded from our website or in bulk orders of 20 or more.
We welcome your
ideas and energy. Help us to plan future
activities. To join HAW, go to www.historiansagainstwar.org,
and sign our Statement. You will
immediately be added to our information-only listserv, and will receive regular
updates and a monthly electronic newsletter.