David Hamilton Golland, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of Humanities
President, Faculty Senate
Governors State University

Committee on Research and Government, Organization of American Historians
Board of Directors, Park Forest Historical Society

Coming April 2019 from University Press of Kansas:
A Terrible Thing to Waste: Arthur Fletcher and the Conundrum of the Black Republican

Arthur Fletcher (1924-2005) was the most important civil rights leader you've (probably) never heard of. The first Black player for the Baltimore Colts, the father of affirmative action and adviser to four presidents, he coined the United Negro College Fund's motto: "A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste." Modern readers might be surprised to learn that Fletcher was also a Republican. Fletcher's story, told in full for the first time in this book, embodies the conundrum of the post-World War II Black Republican—the civil rights leader who remained loyal to the party even as it abandoned the principles he espoused.

The upward arc of Fletcher's political narrative begins with his first youthful protest—a boycott of his high school yearbook—and culminates with his appointment as Assistant Secretary of Labor under Richard Nixon. The Republican Party he embraced after returning from the war was "the Party of Lincoln"—a big tent, truly welcoming African-Americans. A Terrible Thing to Waste shows us those heady days, from Brown v. The Board of Education to Fletcher's implementing of the "Philadelphia Plan," the first major national affirmative action initiative. Though successes and accomplishments followed through successive Republican administrations—as chair of the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights under George H. W. Bush, e.g.—Fletcher's ability to promote civil rights policy eroded along with the GOP's engagement, as New Movement Conservatism and Nixon's Southern Strategy steadily alienated Black voters. The book follows Fletcher to the bitter end, his ideals and party in direct conflict and his signature achievement under threat.

In telling Fletcher's story, A Terrible Thing to Waste brings to light a little known chapter in the history of the civil rights movement—and with it, insights especially timely for a nation so dramatically divided over issues of race and party.

Order A Terrible Thing to Waste today.
Published March 2011 by University Press of Kentucky:
Constructing Affirmative Action: The Struggle for Equal Employment Opportunity

Between 1965, when President Lyndon B. Johnson defined affirmative action as a legitimate federal goal, and 1972, when President Richard M. Nixon named one of affirmative action's chief antagonists the head of the Department of Labor, government officials at all levels addressed racial economic inequality in earnest. Providing members of historically disadvantaged groups an equal chance at obtaining limited and competitive positions, affirmative action had the potential to alienate large numbers of... Read More.

 Current Classes:
HIST 3900: Historical Methods
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00-12:15, rm. C3380

Emphasizes the principles of historical research, the organization of materials, and the discussion of various writing styles. Restricted to students with junior status. Visit the online syllabus now.
HIST 4920: Senior Capstone II

Second half of the senior capstone experience. Focuses on writing and presenting a major history-based paper resulting from extensive research in primary sources during HIST4910. Students work closely with the instructor throughout the semester. Must be taken in the senior/final year of the degree or by permission of the instructor.

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  • June 25, 2019: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY

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    From the Peers
  • Rubio on Golland, American Historical Review
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  • On the Wall
  • 2014 Governors State University Research Grant
  • 2013 Governors State University Research Grant
  • 2011 Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Travel Grant
  • 2011 Gerald R. Ford Pres. Foundation Travel Grant
  • 2007 National Society of Colonial Dames Fellowship
  • 2007 Thomas W. Smith Graduate Scholarship
  • 2007 Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation Travel Grant
  • 2002 Starr Foundation Grant
  • 2000 Arnold Picker Endowed Fund
  • 2000 Edwin and Barbara Kanner Award
  • 2000 Thomas W. Smith Academic Fellowship
  • 1999 Solomon Toubin Memorial Award

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    Last updated 18 January, 2019 (DHG)