David Hamilton Golland
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

What I'm Writing:
A Terrible Thing to Waste: Arthur Fletcher and the Conundrum of the Black Republican (University Press of Kansas, forthcoming 2019)

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. Click here for more information.

What I'm Reading:
Barry Trachtenberg, The United States and the Nazi Holocaust: Race, Refuge, and Remembrance (Bloomsbury, 2018)

From Amazon: [A]n invaluable synthesis of United States policies and attitudes towards the Nazi persecution of European Jewry from 1933 right up to the modern day. The book, which includes 20 illustrations, weaves together a vast body of scholarly literature to bring students of the Holocaust a balanced, readable overview of this complex and often controversial topic. It demonstrates that the United States' response to the rise of Nazism.... Click here to read it yourself.
Up next: Patterson, Freedom is Not Enough

What I'm Teaching:
HIST 1110: The United States to 1865
Fall 2018, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00-12:15

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. This is a required course for first-year students in the Civic Engagement Cohort and history majors, fills a requirement for Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education majors, and meets a GenEd requirement. Visit the online syllabus now / Click here for other courses.

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. Read "Digitizing the Fletcher Papers" now or click here for more publications.

The next time you see me, ask about my lapel pin!

In the News
  • 7/2/18: Experts see Potential for Weaker Unions as Result of High Court Ruling
  • 6/2/18: Civil rights milestone or political theater?
  • 2/21/18: Southland Residents Join Big Crowds to View Black Panther
  • 2/6/18: Opinion: David Hamilton Golland answers: "Why Vote?"
  • 11/6/17: University Community Examines Rise of Hate Speech
  • 9/8/17: How Hope Works in the Black Community, from Martin Luther King Jr. to Obama
  • 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
  • 12/23/16: 75 years later, residents share memories of Christmas 1941
  • 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
  • October 6-7, 2018: Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Indianapolis, IN
  • June TBA, 2019: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY

  • At the Blog
    5/19/18: Commencement Speech
    Here, you are. Here you are strivers. You came to GSU to make something better of yourself, to gain the skills to master a craft, the credentials for entry into a professional field. You came here knowing that a college degree was a ticket to the middle class. Here you are seekers. Once here, however, you learned just how much more a college degree.... Read more

    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 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

  • Department of Humanities
    Suite C3370, Governors State University
    One University Parkway, University Park, IL 60484

    Last updated 10 August, 2018 (DHG)