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

Jun 12, 2021 | 7:05pm EDT
Jun 13, 2021 | 5:05am EDT
Jun 20, 2021 | 11:05am EDT


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.


    Upcoming Appearance:
    June 15, 2021, 10:00am EDT
    Faculty Psychotherapy Conference
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, New York, New York

    A Civil Rights Historian Reflects on the Presidential Transition


    Latest Post
    6/3/21: Natural Holocaust; Patent Nazis
    At millions dead worldwide, with numbers especially increasing in the developing world, Covid-19 is a natural holocaust. Those who restrict vaccine distribution, act to prevent the waiving of patent protection, slow the spread of vaccine knowledge, or otherwise hinder the rapid deployment of the lifesaving vaccine are little different from those who aided, abetted, or profited from the Nazi Holocaust.

    Patent protections are designed to encourage innovation except during an emergency. This is an emergency. Just as the vaccine is free to Americans, it should be free and widely available to everyone globally, equitably, and without profiteering.

    To suggest that we can't develop future vaccines rapidly if we don't let people profit from the current vaccine is to suggest that every scientist that worked on it did so only for the profit motive. Most scientists I know aren't in science to get rich; they're in science for the public good. Let's not spoil their good work by placing a toll barrier at the clinic door.


    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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