William H. Chafe

William H. Chafe

Much of Bill Chafe's professional scholarship reflects his long-term interest in issues of race and gender equality. Former dean of the faculty of arts and sciences at Duke University, he is the Alice Mary Baldwin Professor Emeritus of History there as well as a cofounder of the Duke-UNC Center for Research on Women, the Duke Center for the Study of Civil Rights and Race Relations, and the Duke Center for Documentary Studies. A past president of the OAH and a recipient of the OAH Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award, he is the author of several books, including Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal (2012); Civilities and Civil Rights (1979), which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award; and Never Stop Running: Allard Lowenstein and the Struggle to Save American Liberalism (1993), which won the Sidney Hillman Book Award. He is also a coeditor of Remembering Jim Crow (2001) which won the Lillian Smith Book Award.


  • American Politics from Roosevelt to Obama
  • Angry Whites and Donald Trump: The Inequality in America That We Have Not Addressed *
  • Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal
  • Changing Gender Roles from 1920 to the Present
  • Contemporary Feminism and Civil Rights
  • From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: Laying a Foundation for Change
  • How We Define Inequality *
  • Parallels to 2016: Presidential Elections of 1877, 1968, and 2000 *
  • Private Lives, Public Consequences: Personality and Politics in the Modern Presidency
  • The 1950s: Perhaps the Most Important Decade of Postwar America
  • The Challenges Facing Barack Obama: An Historical Perspective
  • The Problems with the Electoral College: History, Racism, and the Idea of "One Person, One Vote" *

Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.


The Modern Presidency from Kennedy to Trump

This lecture was presented as the John O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture at Florida Atlantic University in October 2017. Recording courtesy of the university.

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