Eric F. Goldman

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This article is about former historian. For the law professor, see Eric Goldman.

Eric Frederick Goldman (June 17, 1916 – February 19, 1989) was an American historian, Rollins Professor of History at Princeton University, and Presidential advisor.[1]


Born in Washington, D.C., United States, he was educated in public schools in Baltimore, Maryland, and graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Ph.D. in history at age 22. He wrote on national affairs for TIME magazine. He joined Princeton University as an assistant professor in 1942. He became a full professor in 1955, until retirement in 1985. He was special advisor to President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1963 to 1966.[2] He served as president of the Society of American Historians from 1962 to 1969.[3] From 1959 to 1967, he was the moderator on a discussion program, The Open Mind, on NBC.[1]

He married Joanna R. Jackson (died 1980). His papers are held at the Library of Congress,[4] and the University of California, Los Angeles.[5]



  • "The White House and the intellectuals", Harper's January 1969[6]
  • Rendezvous With Destiny: A History of Modern American Reform, Knopf, 1952 (reprint 25th Anniversary Edition, Vintage, 1977, Ivan R. Dee, 2001, ISBN 978-1-56663-369-7)
  • The Crucial Decade, America 1945-55, Knopf, 1956
  • The Crucial Decade - And After, America 1945-60. Vintage Books, 1961, ISBN 978-0-394-70183-7
  • The Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson, Knopf, 1969


  1. ^ a b Wolfgang Saxon (February 20, 1989). "Eric F. Goldman, 73, a Historian And Presidential Consultant, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  2. ^ "Eric Frederick Goldman (American historian) - Encyclopedia Britannica". Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  3. ^ "In Memoriam: Eric F. Goldman - Perspectives (May-June 1989) - American Historical Association". 2007-08-20. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  4. ^ "Library of Congress Web Site unavailable | Library of Congress". Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  5. ^ "Finding Aid for the Eric Frederick Goldman Papers, 1955-1965". Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  6. ^ Eric Frederick Goldman. "The White House and the intellectuals". Retrieved 2013-10-03. 

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