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At a meeting on the evening of Friday, January 3, 2003, at the 117th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association in Chicago, historians from more than forty colleges and universities agreed to form a new national network, "Historians Against the War." A committee was appointed to draft the following statement, which has been circulated for other historians to sign.

We historians call for a halt to the march towards war against Iraq. We are deeply concerned about the needless destruction of human life, the undermining of constitutional government in the U.S., the egregious curtailment of civil liberties and human rights at home and abroad, and the obstruction of world peace for the indefinite future.

Historians Against the War Statement on the U.S. Occupation of Iraq (September 21, 2003)

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.

List of signers of Historians Against the War Statement (updated April 15, 2009, 2619 signatures)

Statement by Historians Against the War (April 15, 2009)

As historically minded activists, scholars, students, and teachers, we stand opposed to wars of aggression, military occupations of foreign lands, and imperial efforts by the United States and other powerful nations to dominate the internal life of other countries....

Continue reading the statement and join HAW in our efforts to change U.S. policy!

For more information on Historians Against the War, contact:

Margaret Power
Illinois Institute of Technology

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Steering Committee

Marc Becker
Truman State University

Matthew F. Bokovoy
University of Nebraska Press

Sandra McGee Deutsch
University of Texas at El Paso

Carolyn "Rusti" Eisenberg
Hofstra University

Barbara Epstein
University of California, Santa Cruz

John J. Fitzgerald
Longmeadow High School (Retired)

Jerise Fogel
Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ

Van Gosse
Franklin and Marshall College

Martin Halpern
Henderson State University (Professor Emeritus)

Tom Harbison
Sotheby's Institute of Art

Jeremy Kuzmarov
University of Tulsa

Staughton Lynd
Worker's Solidarity Club of Youngstown

Jim O'Brien
U. of Massachusetts-Boston

Roger Peace
Tallahassee Community College

Margaret Power
Illinois Institute of Technology

Ellen Schrecker
Yeshiva University (Retired)

Andor Skotnes
The Sage Colleges

James L. Swarts
State University of New York (SUNY) Geneseo

Barbara Weinstein
New York University

Max Weiss
Princeton University

Kevin Young
University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Marc Becker
Department of History
Truman State University
Kirksville, MO 63501