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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

Jacquelyn D. Hall

Jacquelyn D. HallJacquelyn Hall is Julia Cherry Spruill Professor Emerita of History at UNC-Chapel Hill. As founding director of UNC's Southern Oral History Program, 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 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. She is the author or coauthor of prizewinning books and articles, including Revolt Against Chivalry: Jessie Daniel Ames and the Women’s Campaign Against Lynching (1979, 1993), winner of the SHA's Francis B. Simkins Award and the Lillian Smith Award; Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World (1987, 2000), winner of the AHA's Albert J. Beveridge Award, the OAH's Merle Curti Award, and the Philip Taft Labor History Prize; and “The Long Civil Rights Movement and the Political Uses of the Past,” Journal of American History (2005), an effort to challenge the myth that the movement was a short, successful bid to overcome a segregation in the Jim Crow South. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011. Her most recent publications are “The Good Fight,” in Mothers and Strangers: Essays on Motherhood from the New South, ed. Samia Serageldin and Lee Smith (2019), and Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America (2019).

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