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Sisters and Rebels


Jun 20 2019


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


The Regulator Bookshop

720 9th St, Durham, NC 27705

Community & Scholars- Jacquelyn Dowd Hall with Nancy MacLean

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall with Nancy MacLean

Community & Scholars Speaker Series

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.

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.

Free and open to the public. The Community & Scholars Speaker Series is co-sponsored by the Regulator Bookshop and the Forum for Scholars and Publics.


Jacquelyn Dowd Hall

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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…...

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Nancy MacLean

Duke University

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…...

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