Published 2019 with the University Press of Kansas:
A Terrible Thing to Waste: Arthur Fletcher and the Conundrum of the Black Republican
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... Read More.
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This title is the 2020-21 Washburn University iRead book.
Published 2011 with the University Press of Kentucky:
Constructing Affirmative Action: The Struggle for Equal Employment Opportunity
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... Read More.
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This title was the subject of a panel at the 2012 National Association for Ethnic Studies annual conference.
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HIST1110: History of the U.S. to 1865
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00-11:15
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.
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HIST3099: Public History and Civic Engagement
Introduces and examines sources and methods used in public history. Students will conduct specific research projects focused on civic engagement, local, and/or community history engaging with public and private institutions in the region. Visit the HIST3099 online syllabus now.
On the Road
September 24, 2020: Topeka, KS (Virtual Appearance)
October 19, 2020: Hunter College, NYC (Virtual Appearance)
October 20, 2020: Mt. Sinai, NYC (Virtual Appearance)
October 21, 2020: Baltimore, MD (Virtual Appearance)
November 7, 2020: Madison, NJ (Virtual Appearance)
January 7-10, 2021: Seattle, WA (Virtual Appearance)
April 15-19, 2021: Chicago, IL
June 2, 2021: Tempe, AZ
|March 13, 2020: Shepherdsvile, WV Postponed/CoViD-19
April 18, 2020: Tulsa, OK Postponed/CoViD-19
In the News
8/5/20, Topeka Capital-Journal:
History Guy: Former Topekan Fletcher was ‘father of Affirmative Action’
Former Topekan Arthur Fletcher, who was Black, served in the administrations of four Republican presidents and became known as the “father of Affirmative Action,” a program put in place to combat racial discrimination. This month, all entering first-year students at Washburn — as part of the university’s....
At the Blog
7/18/20: Remembering John Lewis and C.T. Vivian
"John Lewis, Towering Figure of Civil Rights Era, Dies at 80. Images of his beating at Selma shocked the nation and led to swift passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. He was later called the conscience of the Congress." "C.T. Vivian, Martin Luther King’s Field General, Dies at 95. A disciplined advocate of nonviolence, he was on the front lines in the 1960s movement for racial justice."