Dr. Fred Johnson III

Associate Professor of History
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Dr. Fred L. Johnson III has taught history at Hope College since fall 2000. Prior to his career in higher education, Dr. Johnson served in the United States Marine Corps as a Communications-Electronics Officer and as an Infantry Officer in the Marine Reserves. He subsequently worked as a Production Scheduler for Packard – Electric Division of General Motors, an Operations Specialist for Con-Tel Page Telecommunications, and as a Corporate Trainer for Aircraft Braking Systems (formerly Goodyear Aerospace) in Akron, Ohio.


Dr. Johnson’s primary field of study is 19th Century U.S. History, specifically, the Civil War. His other areas of expertise are 20th Century U.S, U.S. Military and Africa.

He teaches the following courses:

  • U.S. History to 1877
  • Slavery & Race in America, 1619–present
  • History of U.S. Foreign Policy, 1898–present
  • U.S. Military History
  • Civil War America
  • Revolutionary America

Along with completing a proposal for a course on the History of the Black Church, Dr. Johnson is revising his dissertation for publication. The work examines the existence of a definitive strategy against the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad during the Civil War and the degree to which such a strategy included other Northern east-west trunk lines.

Dr. Johnson is also an award-winning public speaker. A member of Toastmasters since 2004, he advanced to the semifinal rounds of the World Series of Public Speaking competition in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2014.


  • Ph.D., Kent State University, 1999
  • M.A., Kent State University, 1993
  • B.S., Bowie State College, 1981


  • Simon denUyl Faculty Development Grant (2014)
  • Ruth and John Reed Faculty Achievement Award (2013)
  • Hope College Faculty Development Grant (2004, 2005 and 2007)
  • H.O.P.E. (Hope Outstanding Professor Educator) Award (2005)
  • GLCA (Great Lakes Colleges Association) Travel Grant (2001, 2003 and 2004)
  • Favorite Faculty – Staff Award (2002 and 2013)

Published Work

  • Tupac Shakur: The Life and Times of an American Icon, Da Capo Press, 2010
  • Other Men’s Wives, Ballantine/Random House, 2005
  • A Man Finds His Way, Ballantine/Random House, 2003
  • Bittersweet, Ballantine/Random House, 2002
  • Review of The Lost Papers of John Bell Hood, by Stephen M. Hood, Civil War Book Review, Summer 2015
  • Review of John Brown’s Spy: the Adventurous Life and Tragic Confession of John E. Cook by Steven Lube, Civil War Book Review, Summer 2014
  • Review of A Massacre in Memphis: the Race Riot that Shook the Nation One Year After the Civil War by Stephen V. Ash, Civil War Book Review, Spring 2014
  • Review of Lincoln Dreamt He Died: the Midnight Visions of Remarkable Americans from Colonial Times to Freud by Andrew Burstein, Civil War Book Review, Winter 2014
  • Review of Civil War Dynasty: the Ewing Family of Ohio by Kenneth J. Heineman, Civil War Book Review, Fall 2013
  • Review of The Iron Brigade in Civil War and Memory: The Black Hats from Bull Run to Appomattox and Thereafter by Lance J. Herdegen, Civil War Book Review, May 2013
  • Review of Places of Their Own: African American Suburbanization in the Twentieth Century, by Andrew Wiese, African American Review, Spring 2004
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Dr. Fred Johnson III

Phone Number616.395.7592

Lubbers Hall-Room 325 126 East 10th Street Holland, MI 49423-3516
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