Hampton University
HU Hosts Renowned Stanford Professor William B. Gould IV as part of the Civil War Institute's Lecture Series
04/17/2013 - #68

Hampton, Va. – The Civil War Institute at Hampton University will host Stanford Law Professor William B. Gould IV. The lecture titled, “Reflections on the African-American Civil War Experience: The Life and Times of William B. Gould” will be followed by a book signing 4-6 p.m., April 19, in the HU Museum, on campus. 

Gould’s book, “Diary of a Contraband: The Civil War Passage of a Black Sailor,” reflects on the life of William B. Gould (Nov. 18, 1837-May 25, 1923), the author and guest lecturer’s great-great grandfather, a former slave and veteran of the American Civil War. He is known for his detailed entries in a diary. This diary is one of three known diaries in existence written during the Civil War by former slaves.

Gould is the Charles A. Beardsley Professor of Law, Emeritus at Stanford Law School, where he’s been since July 1972 and was Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (1994-1998). A 1961 graduate of Cornell Law School, he studied comparative labor law at the London School of Economics (1962-1963). He is the author of more than 60 law journal articles and 10 books including, “A Primer on American Labor Law,” a book which has been translated into Spanish, German, Japanese, and Chinese and Korean - the 5th edition appears in the first week of June, 2013. He received the Certificate of Merit from American Bar Association Gavel Award Committee in 1983, and “Diary of a Contraband: The Civil War Passage of a Black Sailor.”

The Civil War Institute at HU was created to explore, promote and cultivate objective scholarship of the Civil War and its enduring legacy and influence on the many cultures of the world, their sciences, attention to conflict, diplomacy and social policy. 

The goals of the of the Civil War Institute are to integrate social policy formation and understanding into k-12 and higher education curriculum, foster ongoing scholarship into domestic and international conflicts and their long-term impact on society and cultivate an environment of discourse and tolerance on sensitive topics.

A complimentary copy of professor Gould’s book, “Diary of A Contraband: The Civil War Passage Of A Black Sailor,” will be provided to the attendees during the book signing, while supplies last. Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come basis.


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