David R. Goldfield


David Goldfield, Ph.D., is the Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History, a position he has held since 1982. A native of Memphis, Tennessee,he grew up in Brooklyn and attended the University of Maryland. He is the author or editor of 16 books including two, "Cotton Fields and Skyscrapers" (1982) and "Black, White and Southern" (1991), nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in History. His most recently published books are "America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation" (2011), "Still Fighting the Civil War" (2013), and "The Gifted Generation: When Government Was Good" (2017). Goldfield is editor of the Journal of Urban History and serves as a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and as an expert witness in voting rights and capital punishment cases. He is past-president of the Southern Historical Association (2012-13). Goldfield serves on the Advisory Board of the human rights organization, the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience and on the Board of the North Carolina Civil War and Reconstruction History Center. His hobbies include reading Southern novels, watching baseball and listening to the music of Gustav Mahler and Buddy Holly.

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Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History
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University of Maryland
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Hickory 46B