What I'm Writing:
A Terrible Thing to Waste:
Arthur Fletcher and the Conundrum of the Black Republican
This is a political biography of a civil rights leader and former professional football player known as the “father of affirmative action.” Fletcher served four Republican presidents but was unable to adjust to the increasingly anti-civil rights philosophy of the Republican Party. The title evokes Mr. Fletcher’s service as Director of the United Negro College Fund during the 1970s.
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What I'm Reading:
Peniel E. Joseph, Stokely: A Life (Basic Civitas, 2014)
From Amazon: Stokely Carmichael, the charismatic and controversial black activist, stepped into the pages of history when he called for “Black Power” during a speech one Mississippi night in 1966. A firebrand who straddled both the American civil rights and Black Power movements, Carmichael would stand for the rest of his life at the center of the storm he had unleashed. A nuanced and authoritative portrait, Stokely captures the life of the man whose uncompromising vision defined political radicalism and provoked a national reckoning on race and democracy.
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Up next: Postell, Bureaucracy in America (reviewing for The Journal of Southern History)
What I'm Teaching:
HIST 4910: Senior Capstone I: Methods
Fall 2017, Thursdays, 4:30-7:20
First half of the senior capstone experience. Emphasis is on the principles of historical research, the organization of materials, and the discussion of various writing styles. Students work closely with the instructor throughout the semester. Restricted to history majors in the senior/final year of the degree or by permission of the instructor.
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||What I've Published Lately:
"Digitizing the Fletcher Papers: A Unique Historical Experience"
Perspectives on History (April, 2015)
In July 2014 I traveled to Hollywood, Florida, to do research in a private, unprocessed collection of personal papers from the estate of Arthur Fletcher. Frankly, I did not know what to expect. Fletcher’s son, Paul, had moved the papers from a flooded basement in Washington, DC, after his father’s death.
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5/19/17: Doctoral Hooding Celebrates Future Leaders
1/19/17: David Hamilton Golland
1/13/17: Obama as symbol of hope, possibility for blacks, key to racial legacy, scholars say
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2/12/14: If history teachers could time travel...
6/16/04: Torture, Then and Now (in response to After Abu Ghraib; Fight Fire With Compassion)
On the Road
November 9-11, 2017: Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ
At the Blog
3/20/17: Free Speech Is Not an Academic Value
In the wake of student protestors' shouting down (and even physically assaulting) those with disagreeable academic opinions, this essay in in the Chronicle of Higher Education reminds us of some of the core values of academia. "Free Speech Is Not an Academic Value," by Stanley Fish. Like everyone else these days, I've been....
From the Peers
Rubio on Golland, American Historical Review
Anderson on Golland, Journal of American History
Delton on Golland, Labor History
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 Presidential 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 17 July, 2017 (DHG)