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Michael W. Golay

Instructor in History
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B.A. Indiana University Bloomington

M.A. State University of New York


Michael Golay teaches courses in U.S., European and imperial Russian history, as well as Contemporary Middle East. He began teaching part-time at Exeter in the spring of 2000 after careers as a newspaper journalist and as an independent scholar. He received a full-time appointment as instructor in history in 2004.

Mr. Golay is the author of To Gettysburg and Beyond (1994), A Ruined Land: The End of the Civil War (1999), The Tide of Empire: America’s March to the Pacific (2003) and (with two others) A Critical Companion to William Faulkner (2001; 2008), among other works. A Ruined Land was a finalist for the 2000 Lincoln Prize in American History. His latest book, America 1933, was published in May 2013. It is a study of the worst 18 months of the Depression.

Mr. Golay is an affiliate in McConnell Hall. He lives in Cushwa House with his wife, Julie Quinn.


America 1933: The Great Depression, Lorena Hickok, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Shaping of the New Deal, 2013.

Civil War (America at War), 2010.

Critical Companion to William Faulkner: A Literary Reference to His Life And Work, 2008.

The Tide of Empire: America's March to the Pacific, 2003.

North American Exploration, 2003.

William Faulkner A to Z, 2001.

A Ruined Land: The End of the Civil War, 1999.

Generals: The Civil War, 1998

Where America Stands 1997, 1997

Where America Stands 1996, 1996

Civil War Battlefields and Landmarks: A Guide to the National Park Sites, (editor), 1996

Reconstruction and Reaction: The Emancipation of Slaves 1861-1913 (Library of African-American History), 1996.

Spanish-American War (America at War), 1995.

To Gettysburg And Beyond: The Parallel Lives of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and Edward Porter Alexander, 1994.