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Monday, February 27, 2017

[haw-info] HAW Notes 2/27/17: Links to recent articles of interest

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

"Why Should Trump –Or Anyone – Be Able to Launch a Nuclear War?"

By Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network, posted February 26, 2017

The author is a professor of history emeritus at SUNY Albany.


"Militarism Runs Deep in the United States, But Historian Marilyn Young Never Gave Up Believing That It Could Be Overcome"

By Christy Thornton and Stuart Schrader, Jacobin, posted February 24

The authors are, respectively, a history faculty member at Rowan University and a post-doctoral fellow at the Charles Warren Center, Harvard University.


"How the U.S. Began Its Empire"

By Jackson Lears, New York Review of Books, February 23 issue

The author teaches history at Rutgers University. This is a review essay on Stephen Kinzer's new book The True Flag, on imperialism and anti-imperialism at the turn of the twentieth century.


"How We Got Here: The Misuse of American Military Power and the Middle East in Chaos"

By Major Danny Sjursen, TomDispatch.com, posted February 22

The author is a U.S. Army strategist and former history instructor at West Point. 


"Dorothea Lange's Censored Photographs of the Japanese American Internment"

By Linda Gordon, Asia Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, posted February 18, 2017

The author teaches history at New York University. 


"Why Do So ManyAmericans Fear Muslims? Decades of Denial about America's Role in the World"

By Jon Schwarz, The Intercept, posted February 18


"Quit Calling DonaldTrump and Isolationist. He's Worse than That"

By Stephen Wertheim, Washington Post, posted February 17

The author is a Fellow in History at King's College, University of Cambridge.


"Lessons andPropaganda from the Botched Raid on Yemen"

By William J. Astore, AntiWar.com, posted February 13

The author, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, taught history for fifteen years at military and civilian schools.


"Frederick Douglass, Refugee"

By David Blight, The Atlantic, posted February 7

The author teaches history at Yale University.


Thanks to an anonymous reader for suggesting one of the above articles. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

[haw-info] HAW Notes 2/22/17: Marilyn B. Young, 1937-2017

To members and friends of Historians Against the War,

We're sorry to share the sad news that Marilyn Young, New York University historian and antiwar activist well known to many members of HAW, passed away Sunday, February 19 after a long illness. Author or editor of many books and articles on U.S. foreign relations, especially the Vietnam War, she was a founding member of the Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars in 1968 and was elected president of the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations in 2011.


Of the Iraq War she wrote in 2003: "If Vietnam was Korea in slow motion, then Operation Iraqi Freedom is Vietnam on crack cocaine. In less than two weeks a 30-year-old vocabulary is back: credibility gap, seek and destroy, hard to tell friend from foe, civilian interference in military affairs, the dominance of domestic politics, winning, or more often, losing hearts and minds."


A funeral service will be held this coming Sunday afternoon, February 26, at 2:30 at Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 W. 76th Street, New York city. A page has been set up for condolences at https://remembr.com/forever.young. Cards can also be sent to her daughter, Ms. Lauren Young, at 561 41st St. #3E, Brooklyn, NY 11232, and donations in her honor may be made to the War Resisters League, www.warresisters.org.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

[haw-info] HAW Notes 2/9/17: Reminder of feedback request; links to recent articles of interest

A Reminder: For those who didn't see Margaret Power's February 7 message on behalf of the Steering Committee of Historians Against the War, it is posted on the HAW blog at http://blog.historiansagainstwar.org. It presents a proposed broadening of HAW's mission that is under discussion in the Steering Committee and asks for feedback from members and friends of HAW.

Responses should either be sent to Margaret Power (power@iit.edu) or posted on HAW's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2216182861). Thanks for taking the time to read the proposal and contribute your opinion on it.

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Rebecca Gordon, TomDispatch.com, posted February 9
The author wrote, most recently, the book American Nuremburg: The American Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes (2016).

"What Are U.S. Forces Doing in Yemen in the First Place?"
By Andrew J. Bacevich, The Atlantic, posted February 8
The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.

By Guy Laron, Informed Comment blog, posted February 8
The author teaches international relations at the Hebrew University and is the author of the forthcoming Yale University press book The Six-Day War: The Breaking of the Middle East.

"Teaching History in the Age of Trump"
By Denver Brunsman and John Donoghue, History News Network, posted February 7
Denver Brunsman and John Donoghue teach U.S. history at George Washington University and Loyola University of Chicago, respectively.

By Ryan Poll, History News Network, posted February 5
"By returning to the late nineteenth century, we can recognize the poem as a form of political art at a time when nationalist xenophobia reigned against a different immigrant group."

"During World War II, the U.S. Saw Italian-Americans as a Threat to Homeland Security"
By David A. Taylor, Smithsonian.com, posted February 2

Thanks to an anonymous reader for suggesting one of the articles in the above list. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

[haw-info] Message to HAW Members and Friends

Dear Members and Friends of HAW,

The HAW Steering Committee is currently discussing a proposal to
broaden our mission statement in response to the multiple threats
posed by the Trump regime and the anticipated activism by students and
professors. The proposal emerged from a meeting in New York on January
16 and was proposed to the Steering Committee by the following: Marc
Becker, Carolyn Eisenberg, Jeri Fogel, Van Gosse, Margaret Power,
Andor Skotnes, and Barbara Weinstein. The Steering Committee wants to
know what the wider HAW constituency thinks of the proposed broadening
of HAW's mission. We urge you to share your thoughts by emailing them
to Margaret Power power@iit.edu and/or posting them on our Historians
Against the War Facebook page
(https://www.facebook.com/groups/2216182861/). Margaret will gather
your ideas and share them with the membership.

First, a word about the thinking that formed the basis for this
proposed new mission statement. HAW formed to oppose U.S. militarism
and military engagements abroad. We plan to continue doing so. Those
of us who met in New York City agreed that in the face of the Trump
presidency and the anti-democratic measures he, his appointees, and
his supporters have already promised to enact or enacted, we need to
expand our focus to include domestic issues, such as human rights,
freedom of speech, and religious and immigrant rights, both within and
beyond the university. To that end, we drafted this mission statement.

Our proposed New Mission Statement:
Historians Against the War was formed in January 2003 to oppose the
Bush Administration's drive for a pre-emptive, illegal invasion of
Iraq. We participated actively in the antiwar movement of the Bush
years, and we continued to challenge U.S. foreign policy and extended
support for Palestinian human rights in the Obama era. Now, with the
ascent of an extreme rightwing administration contemptuous of
constitutional norms, we have a new mission: to stand up for peace
and diplomacy internationally, and democracy and human rights at home.
Our work, as historians against war and for peace and democracy, will
have two focuses. First, we see our campuses as key sites for both
repression and resistance. We will fight for the right to education,
free speech and academic freedom for all members of campus
communities, and for the human and civil rights of our students,
especially the undocumented, Muslims, people of color, women and LGBTQ
people. Second, we will join the organized resistance to Donald
Trump's regime by mobilizing historians, teachers, and
historically-minded activists to challenge the permanent campaign of
"fake news" and phony history that has driven the right's ascent. We
will defend the discipline of history against attempts to reduce it to
simple affirmations of "American greatness," and document how prior
eras of reaction and repression were successfully combatted. We
recognize that the Trump/Pence Administration is a threat not only to
the people of the United States, but to the people of the world, and
we will stand against a new nuclear arms race, more imperial
interventions, and collaboration with authoritarian regimes in the
Middle East, Europe, and Asia.

Again, we urge you to share your thoughts by email power@iit.edu
and/or on our Facebook page

We want to mention we also discussed altering our name to reflect our
broadened mission. Some suggestions were "Historians against War and
for (Peace &) Democracy," or variations of this, and "Historians
against War and Repression/Reaction" (with variations suggested also).
But this is a discussion for a later date.

Margaret Power, for HAW Steering Committee

Margaret Power
Professor of History and Chair of the Department of Humanities
Department of Humanities
Illinois Institute of Technology
3301 S. Dearborn St.
Room 218 Siegal Hall
Chicago, IL 60616

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