Character-Set: UTF-8Welcome to H-HOAC, the H-Net network for Historians of American Communism.

I. The H-HOAC Network: Scope, Content, Purpose.

To provide a forum for those who want to participate in a scholarly discussion of the history of American communism and domestic anticommunism encompassing the history of the Communist Party of the USA (CPUSA), groups that split from the CPUSA, and competing radical movements. Foreign policy and Cold War diplomacy will not be a subject except when there is some relevance to domestic political history. Similarly, Soviet communism and the Communist International will be a topic only to the extent that there is relevance to the history of the domestic Communist movement. The network will provide a place to report on research in progress, recent publications and openings of archival resources, raise research questions, open scholarly dialogue, and provide information about conferences and symposia.

Membership to H-HOAC is open to:
(1) Those who hold an advanced degree (M.A. or Ph.D.) in history, the social sciences, the humanities, or related fields and whose focus in research, writing, or teaching includes topics related to the history of domestic American communism and anticommunism. (Graduate students actively pursuing such degrees are also eligible.), (2) Those who do not have such academic training but who have accomplished significant *scholarly* research, preferably including publication, on aspects of the history of American communism and anticommunism, and (3) Other applicants, who should supply a clear statement of interest and purpose that explains the professional or educational objectives they wish to promote through membership, and the kinds of contributions to the group that would foster those objectives.

To put it simply, H-HOAC is a list that has been organized by and for advanced academic specialists in and serious students of this area, for the primary purpose of exchanging professional information. It is not a list for general discussions of issues regarding communism as an ideology, philosophy, or political program (a wide variety of lists on the internet already serve those purposes). Those who are not eligible for membership but who wish to read H-HOAC posting are invited to do so at H-HOAC's discussion logs freely accessible at <http://www.h-net.org/~hoac/>.

H-HOAC is build on the work of "The Historians of American Communism" an organization founded in 1982 and which has published a quarterly Newsletter continuously since that time.

In 2002 HOAC sponsored the creation of a new twice-yearly scholarly journal, _American Communist History_, edited by Dan Leab of Seton Hall University and published by Routledge <http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/14743892.asp>.Membership in the Historians of American Communism includes subscription to _American Communist History_. For membership information contact Dan Leab at danleab@earthlink.net.

II. Editors.
The editors serve two-year renewable terms, with the approval of the H-Net Executive Committee and rotate their duties. The current editor will be identified in all messages coming from the list. The editors will solicit postings (by email, phone, and even by regular mail), will assist people in managing subscriptions and setting up options, will handle routine inquiries, and will consolidate some postings. Anyone with suggestions about what H-HOAC can and might do is invited to send in ideas. The editors will solicit and post newsletter-type information (calls for conferences, for example, or listings of sessions at conventions.) Like all H-Net lists, H-HOAC is moderated to edit out material that, in the editors' opinion, is not germane to the list, involves technical matters (such as subscription management requests), is inflammatory, or violates evolving, yet common, standards of Internet etiquette. Please read section III below for details about ownership, style, formatting, and content of your messages. H-Net's procedure for resolving disputes over list editorial practices is Article II, Section 2.20 of our bylaws, located at: http://www.h-net.org/about/by-laws.html

For a list of current editors, visit: http://www.h-net.org/~hoac

III. Communicating Through the List.
A. Copyright notice. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. H-Net considers all messages posted to its lists to be a form of publication. All contributions to H-HOAC fall under Art. III, Sec. 3.01-3.08 of the H-Net Council Policies concerning copyright and intellectual property: "H-Net is a nonprofit communications service intended to advance the teaching, research, and service of scholars, educators, and students. Preserving copyright rights is a collective responsibility: H-Net users and editors must respect the intellectual property of others. Consistent with the objective of encouraging creativity in scholarship and education, editors and users are encouraged to transmit copyrighted works to or through H-Net, with the express permission of the copyright holder or in accordance with the fair use provisions of copyright law. H-Net considers posting to H-Net lists or Web, as contrasted with private e-mail correspondence, to be a form of publication.." In general, the author retains copyright rights to publication of any submission to the list, and grants to H-HOAC and H-Net permission to store, disseminate with full attribution, and make available to subscribers such submissions without further permission. Postings (such as H-Net reviews) that are commissioned by H-Net are copyrighted by H-Net and may be reprinted for nonprofit, educational purposes with proper attribution to the author, location, and H-Net. A full copy of the H-Net Constitution and Bylaws and other important information may be found on the World Wide Web at: http://www.h-net.org/about/. B. Contributions: "Netiquette." The tone and content of H-HOAC depend directly on subscribers. The editors want to encourage lively, informal, productive discussion and exchange of information. To that end, we ask that contributions be considerate of the needs of a busy audience of scholars, many of whom must pay for their access to the internet. A number of excellent guides to online behavior and style are available on the World Wide Web; we invite you consult them. -- ALL MAIL TO THE LIST MUST BE SIGNED. The editors will delay posting until authorship and email address are confirmed. -- CONTENT: Editors retain the right to review material for its pertinence, tone, style, and relevance to the list's mission. Ad hominem comments, unattributed quotations or innuendo, private messages forwarded for posting without permission, or messages that violate the norms of civility and professional courtesy will be rejected. Persistent violators can be removed from the subscription list. -- STYLE: the default editorial style for the list is that of a letter to the editor. Your remarks can be crafted to suit the tone of an existing discussion thread, but in any case they should address the editor and not make direct personal references to others, except where you are replying directly to a simple query (e.g., "you can find this information in Webster's Third International Dictionary."). Avoid excessive quotation of messages you refer or reply to. -- FORMAT: Please send messages in plain text: no styles, html, special fonts, graphics files, or nonstandard characters (except diacriticals, which are acceptable). Signature files are subject to editing for content and length. Advertisements in signatures will be removed. Remove or turn off .vcf, digital signatures, or other automatic attachments. As a rule, editors do not redistribute attachments to the list; consider posting the material at a web site, or consult with the editor concerning proper venues for publication.

IV. Technical Information.
When you subscribe, LISTSERV will send you a confirmation message containing important information about managing your subscription. Please save this message as a text file for future reference. ALL changes to your subscription must be addressed to listserv@h-net.msu.edu, the software that manages the distribution and archiving of list electronic mail. For online help with your subscription, visit: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/or email: help@mail.h-net.msu.edu 1.) To subscribe: Normally, receiving this message from listserv indicates that you are already subscribed to the list. But should you need to resubscribe, send the following command (turn off signatures, styles/fonts, and word wrap if you expect the line to wrap), as an email message to listserv@h-net.msu.edu: sub H-HOAC your name, institution
Example: sub H-HOAC Jane Smith, Illinois State U. Follow the instructions in the reply that LISTSERV will send you in response to this command. 2.) To unsubscribe, logon to the computer account from which you subscribed to the list, and send this message to listserv@h-net.msu.edu: SIGNOFF H-HOAC
Please unsubscribe from H-HOAC and all other mailing lists if you are terminating a particular computer account. You can then resubscribe from the new account. 3.) To change your subscription address: if you have access to your old account, login to it and send the command: CHANGE listname newaddress
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7.) After vacation, you can resume by sending to listserv@h-net.msu.edu: SET H-HOAC MAIL
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To return to individual messages, send the following message: SET H-HOAC NODIGEST

V. The H-HOAC Site on the World Wide Web In addition to providing interactive communications via electronic mail, H-HOAC also maintains a site on the World Wide Web. The site is located on the H-Net server at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, USA. It may be located by following the hypertext links at http://www.h-net.org.TheH-HOAC web site contains the following information and services: - The archives of the H-HOAC list, known as its "logs." They are in searchable and sortable format. - The network's official documents: its welcome files, lists of board members and editors, contact information, and other founding and information documents. - Hypertext links to resources in our subject: teaching materials, research archives, other lists.

V. Advisory Board.
H-HOAC's daily activities are managed by the editors. Its long-term policies are developed by the advisory board. If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact the current editor. Board members referee incoming articles, reviews, and teaching materials; establish basic subscription restrictions and policy; advise the editors on disputes among editors and subscribers; monitor the list and make active contributions to discussion; and serve as the subscribers' voice in H-Net affairs. You are encouraged to contact any or all of the editorial board members with ideas and concerns about H-HOAC.

For a list of the current advisory board, visit: http://www.h-net.org/~hoac

VI. Our Parent Organization: H-Net
H-Net is an international consortium of scholars in the humanities and social sciences that creates and coordinates electronic networks, using a variety of media, and with a common objective of advancing humanities and social science teaching and research. H-Net was created to provide a positive, supportive, equalitarian environment for the friendly exchange of ideas and scholarly resources.

The goals of H-NET networks are to enable scholars to easily communicate current research and teaching interests; to discuss new approaches, methods and tools of analysis; to share information on electronic databases; and to test new ideas and share comments on the literature in their fields. H-Net's Constitution and Bylaws, along with a list of its officers and committees, is available at: http://www.h-net.org/about/ Among H-Net's many services are:
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Michigan State University
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