Public lecture and conversation with Professor David Goldfield.
Pundits are calling next year’s presidential election the most important election of our time. At stake is the future direction of American domestic and foreign policy. Although that is true of our presidential elections, generally, it is especially significant in 2020 since Democrats and Republicans differ on many of the major issues such as trade, climate change, immigration, education, and health care. Two key factors, independent of the candidates, will also play a role in electing our next President: our unique Electoral College system and the strategies of winning 270 electoral votes and, therefore, the presidency; and, how the nation’s changing demographics will impact the vote.
David Goldfield is the Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. A native of Memphis, he grew up in Brooklyn and attended the University of Maryland. He is the author or editor of sixteen 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 book is America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation (2011). His newest book, The Gifted Generation, about life and the transformation of American politics after the Second World War (2017) was described by NPR as one of the “great books to hunker down with in 2018.” Goldfield is the Editor of the Journal of Urban History, and serves as Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and as an expert witness in voting rights cases. He is Past President of the Southern Historical Association (2012-2013). His hobbies include reading southern novels, watching baseball, and listening to the music of Gustav Mahler and Buddy Holly.
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