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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

Jacqueline Jones

Jacqueline JonesJacqueline Jones is the Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History and the Ideas/Mastin Gentry White Professor of Southern History at the University of Texas at Austin; she also currently serves as history department chair. A former MacArthur Fellow and a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, she specializes in U.S. southern, African-American, labor, and women's history. She is the author of several books, including, most recently, A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama's America (2013), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Saving Savannah: The City and the Civil War (2008); and Creek Walking: Growing Up in Delaware in the 1950s (2001). She has also coauthored a college textbook, Created Equal: A Social and Political History of the American People (4th edition, 2013). The twenty-fifth anniversary edition, revised and updated, of her Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work and the Family from Slavery to the Present was published in 2009; the original edition had also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She served as vice president for the professional division of the American Historical Association from 2011 to 2014. Her current project is a biography of Lucy Parsons, orator and labor agitator, who was born to an enslaved woman in Virginia in 1851.