William Cronon's Writings for the American Historical Association
William Cronon served as President of the American Historical Association from January 2012-January 2013. This page collects links to the various writing he did in this capacity.
AHA Presidential Address: "Storytelling"
(Delivered January 4, 2013, New Orleans)
A meditation on the changing nature of historical practice in a digital age;
a comparison of the different ways historians, journalists, novelists, and filmmakers
tell stories about the past; and a defense of teaching and storytelling as
the most ancient and essential of all historical tasks. The closing section is an extended homage to Dick Ringler, the teacher who most inspired me as an undergraduate.
This biography, authored by Richard White of Stanford University, was included in the program
for the awards ceremony and presidential address in New Orleans on January 4, 2013.
Many thanks to Richard for the time and care he took to do such a wonderful job writing this.
Among Cronon's responsibilities at the AHA was authoring a series of nine columns for AHA's monthly newsletter Perspectives. All address the theme "The Public Practice of History in and for a Digital Age."
Cronon served as Vice President of the Presidential Division from 2001-2004, during which time he oversaw and helped draft a large-scale revision of the AHA's Statement on Standards, the most important articulation of professional practices and ethics for historians in the United States. An extensive discussion of how the Statement's history and how it was revised can be found in Cronon, "A Watershed for the Professional Division," AHA Perspectives (September 2003), available online at http://www.historians.org/perspectives/issues/2003/0309/0309aha1.cfm
The current version of the Statement on Standards is available here:
Course Materials on Plagiarism (authored by Michael Rawson)
While serving as Vice President for AHA's Professional Division, Cronon recruited one of his graduated students, Michael Rawson (now a faculty member at Brooklyn College in New York), to produce a set of curricular materials for teaching students about plagiarism and how to avoid it. These pedagogical tools are available online from the AHA website at: http://www.historians.org/governance/pd/curriculum/plagiarism_intro.htm