JACQUELYN DOWD HALL is Julia Cherry Spruill Professor Emeritus at UNC-Chapel Hill and founding director of UNC’s Southern Oral History Program. She is past president of the Organization of American Historians and the Southern Historical Association and founding president of the Labor and Working Class History Association.
Her books and articles include Revolt Against Chivalry: Jessie Daniel Ames and the Women’s Campaign Against Lynching (1979, 1993); Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World (co-authored,1987, 2000); “The Long Civil Rights Movement and the Political Uses of the Past,” Journal of American History (2005); and Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America (2019).
Most recently, she joined Bruce E. Baker in editing and publishing Katharine Du Pre Lumpkin’s Eli Hill: A Novel of Reconstruction.
In 1999, she was awarded a National Humanities Medal for her efforts to deepen the nation’s engagement with the humanities by “recording history through the lives of ordinary people, and, in so doing, for making history.” She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011. Awards for Sisters and Rebels, her book about Katharine Du Pre Lumpkin and her sisters, include the 2020 PEN America/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography; the Summersell Prize; and the Bell Award from the Georgia Historical Society. She was also co-winner of the Charles S. Sydnor Award from the Southern Historical Association, the Julia Cherry Spruill Prize, and the Willie Lee Rose Prize, both from the Southern Association of Women Historians.