David Goldberg, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of History

Email: dgoldberg@drury.edu
(417) 873-7712
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Dr. David Goldberg specializes in the history of civil rights and urban consumer economies in the Jim Crow North. He currently teaches courses in U.S. history, including seminars on the History of Slavery, African American History, and the Civil War and Reconstruction. Dr. Goldberg also offers a course on Race and Empire in the Modern World for the Global Studies Program. His book, The Retreats of Reconstruction: Race, Leisure, and the Politics of Segregation at the New Jersey Shore, 1865-1920, examines the political meanings of consumption and racial segregation in northern leisure spaces and the struggle for American Americans’ civil rights. Drawing on press accounts, business records, and promotional materials, he argues that the various consumer ideologies that emerged in battles over segregation proved every bit as powerful in limiting the scope of civil rights activism as free labor ideology and white supremacy did.

Additionally, Dr. Goldberg has begun work on a new project, tentatively titled “Making Separate More Equal: The Environmental Origins of Segregation in the Jim Crow North.”
In particular, he is interested in how the early environmental movement aided the cultural power of Jim Crow and the political and economic interests of segregationists. While civil rights historians often focus on campaigns for citizenship and access to public accommodations, this study would show that local debates over sanitation reform and access to green spaces were just as critical to the formation of northern Jim Crow, as well as to black activists’ expansive conceptualization of freedom during the age of segregation. Because of Missouri’s crucial role in creating and sustaining similar policies during the Jim Crow period, Dr. Goldberg welcomes opportunities from interested students to assist in researching the politics of urban segregation in nearby cities like Kansas City and St. Louis.

Ph.D. in History, West Virginia University, 2013
M.A. in History, Villanova University, 2007
B.A. in History, Elizabethtown College (PA), 2005

Drury University faculty member since 2016
Assistant Professor since 2016


The Retreats of Reconstruction: Race, Leisure, and the Politics of Segregation at the New Jersey Shore (New York: Fordham University Press, 2016)