The Regulator welcomes Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, author of Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America, for a reading and book signing. Dowd Hall will be joined in conversation by Duke professor Nancy MacLean (Democracy in Chains) as part of The Regulator’s Community & Scholars series. This event is co-sponsored by Duke’s Forum for Scholars and Publics. Free and open to the public.
Award–winning historian Jacquelyn Dowd Hall follows the divergent paths of the Lumpkin sisters --three sisters from the South who wrestle with orthodoxies of race, sexuality, and privilege. Descendants of a prominent slaveholding family, Elizabeth, Grace, and Katharine Lumpkin grew up in a culture of white supremacy. One sister remained a lifelong believer, while the other two sought their fortunes in the North and reinvented themselves as radical thinkers whose literary works and organizing efforts brought the nation’s attention to issues of region, race, and labor. Grounded in decades of research, the family’s private papers, and interviews with Katharine and Grace, Sisters and Rebels unfolds an epic narrative of American history through the lives and works of three Southern women.
Jacquelyn Dowd Hall is the founding director of the Southern Oral History Program and the Julia Cherry Spruill Professor of History Emerita at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is the author of Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America, Revolt Against Chivalry: Jessie Daniel Ames and the Women’s Campaign Against Lynching, and coauthor of the prize-winning Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World. She resides in Chapel Hill.
Nancy MacLean is the William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke. An award-winning scholar MacLean is the author of five books, including Behind the Mask of Chivalry (a New York Times “noteworthy” book of the year), Freedom is Not Enough, described as “contemporary history at its best” by the Chicago Tribune, and Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, a finalist for the National Book Award in Nonfiction, and winner of the LA Times Book Prize in Current Interest, the Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Award, and the Lillian Smith Book Award. In 2010, MacLean was elected a fellow of the Society of American Historians. She is also an award-winning teacher and offers courses on 20th-century America, social movements, and public policy history at Duke.