David Hamilton Golland, Ph.D.

Now Airing on C-Span3's American History TV:
The Oral History of Affirmative Action:
Reconstructing the Philadelphia Plan and Arthur Fletcher


Now in Paperback from the University Press of Kansas:
A Terrible Thing to Waste: Arthur Fletcher and the Conundrum of the Black Republican

  • 2020-21 Washburn University iRead (freshman common read) selection

    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.


    Latest Post
    7/1/21: Solution to Protecting Academic Freedom Is Not More Bureaucracy
    This week I had a letter published in The Chronicle of Higher Education:

    To the Editor:

    I agree that recent attacks on academic freedom are a serious concern, but we don’t need another administrative office to protect this core tenet of American higher ed (“How to Truly Protect Academic Freedom," The Chronicle Review, June 16).

    The solution lies in revitalizing that weary but tried-and-true institution, the faculty senate. At my university, we’ve simultaneously professionalized this body and used it to cultivate and educate future faculty leaders and administrators in theories of academic freedom and shared governance. One recent initiative is an annual “Senate Common Read;" another is our Orwellian-sounding but nevertheless important “Policy on Policies.”

    Strong faculty senates can better support AAUP initiatives that will improve academic freedom, like pay equity and universal tenure, than any at-will bureaucracy.

    David Hamilton Golland
    Professor of History and Coordinator of Humanities
    President, Faculty Senate
    Governors State University
    University Park, Ill.


    Upcoming Class:
    HIST4100: Beyond the Dream: Current Black Social Issues
    Governors State University
    Fall Semester, 2021
    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00-4:15
    Room C3380

    Examines issues in education, politics, business, economics, social life, and the arts as they relate to developments in the black community since the Civil Rights Era. The African American Community comprises a major community in the United States today and throughout history and is of particular interest to the residents of Chicago's Southland. The Civil Rights Era set the stage for major cultural accomplishments. This course examines and explores those accomplishments in the context of a society that continues to struggle with its racial diversity. Intended for history majors, secondary education majors (particularly those in the social sciences concentration), elementary education majors, early childhood education majors, and other interested undergraduates.


    Upcoming Class:
    HIST1110: History of the U.S. to 1865
    Governors State University
    Fall Semester, 2021
    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00-11:15
    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30-12:45
    Room C3380

    Provides a historical examination of the United States from the founding of the colonies through Reconstruction with special emphasis on connections between historical transformations and issues of race, class, gender, religion, nation-building, economic development and modernization, and the sectional conflict. Familiarity with the historical developments in the United States is critical to a nuanced and complex understanding of the United States and it's place in the world today. This is a required course for history majors and fills a requirement for students majoring in elementary, early childhood, and secondary education. This course also meets the Humanities General Education requirement.


    Published 2011 by the University Press of Kentucky:
    Constructing Affirmative Action: The Struggle for Equal Employment Opportunity

  • Book panel, 2012 National Association for Ethnic Studies conference, New Orleans

    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 white Americans, even those who had viewed school desegregation and voting rights in a positive light. Thus, affirmative action was―and continues to be―controversial.


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