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Jacquelyn Dowd Hall - 'Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America'

Descendants of a prominent slaveholding family, Elizabeth, Grace, and Katharine Lumpkin grew up in a culture of white supremacy. But while Elizabeth remained a lifelong believer, her younger sisters chose vastly different lives. Seeking their fortunes in the North, Grace and Katharine reinvented themselves as radical thinkers whose literary works and organizing efforts brought the nation's attention to issues of region, race, and labor.

Sisters and Rebels follows the divergent paths of the Lumpkin sisters, who were "estranged and yet forever entangled" by their mutual obsession with the South. Tracing the wounds and unsung victories of the past through to the contemporary moment, Hall revives a buried tradition of Southern expatriation and progressivism; explores the lost, revolutionary zeal of the early twentieth century; and muses on the fraught ties of sisterhood.

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall is the founding director of the Southern Oral History Program and Professor of History Emerita at UNC-CH.

Event date: 
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
North Hills
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
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ISBN: 9780393047998
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 21st, 2019

Winner of the PEN / Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography and the Southern Historical Association Sydnor Award

Three sisters from the South wrestle with orthodoxies of race, sexuality, and privilege.