Littlefield Lecture Series to feature renowned Southern Historian, Jacquelyn Dowd Hall
Posted: February 25, 2013
Prof. Jacquelyn Dowd Hall
Every year, the History Department sponsors the Littlefield Lectures, a series of two lectures on Southern history delivered by a renowned scholar in the field. This year, the Littlefield lecturer is Dr. Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, the Julia Cherry Spruill Professor of History at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Hall is the author of works on labor, women, and social justice in the South, including Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World (UNC Press, 1987, 2000), Revolt Against Chivalry: Jessie Daniel Ames and the Women’s Campaign Against Lynching (Columbia University Press, 1979, 1993), and the widely cited article, “The Long Civil Rights Movement and the Political Uses of the Past” published in the Journal of American History (2005).
Dr. Hall will present two lectures on leftism, feminism, and reform in the South. The first lecture, entitled “Left of the New Deal: Radical Women and the Struggle to Put Race and the South at the Center of Reform,” will trace the left feminist strand of the women’s rights movement, focusing on the works of southern women writers from the interwar to the postwar period. Hall will draw connections among radicalism, reform, the “Southern Front” and the tactics women used to push the New Deal to the left.
The second lecture, entitled “Misread and Betrayed: Left Feminism in the Shadow of the Long Cold War” will discuss the marginalization of leftist women after World War II and the misinterpretation of their works, especially Katharine Du Pre Lumpkin’s The Making of a Southerner. Hall will revisit these women and their ideas to gain a complex understanding of left feminism in the early years of the Cold War.
“Left of the New Deal: Radical Women and the Struggle to Put Race and the South at the Center of Reform”
Thursday, February 28
“Misread and Betrayed: Left Feminism in the Shadow of the Long Cold War”
Friday, March 1
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