Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America

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6.1 X 9.3 X 1.9 inches | 2.45 pounds

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About the Author

JACQUELYN DOWD HALL is founding director of the Southern Oral History Program and the Julia Cherry Spruill Professor of History Emerita at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was president of the Organization of American Historians (2003-2004) and was awarded a National Humanities Medal in 1999 and elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011. She is coauthor of Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill Worldand author, most recently, of Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America.


An absolutely necessary, totally engaging history. Hall speaks from her own long relationship with the sisters as well as her rigorous and comprehensive scholarship, adding yet another dimension to this fine history that reads like a novel.--Lee Smith, author of The Last Girls: A Novel
A sweeping, against-the-grain panorama of American history in the first half of the twentieth century.--Nancy F. Cott, author of The Grounding of Modern Feminism
I loved this beautifully researched and expertly executed study of three women who were just as distinct, complicated, and problematic as the region they called home. Jacquelyn Dowd Hall again proves herself to be one of our nation's most relevant scholars.--Wiley Cash, author of A Land More Kind Than Home: A Novel
A tour de force from a remarkable historian. Jacquelyn Hall's long-awaited chronicle of the Lumpkin sisters offers unparalleled insight into the complexities of gender and race in the lives of white southerners.--Drew Gilpin Faust, author of This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War
At a time when millions hunger for hope that a better America is possible, one of our wisest historians uncovers a past we urgently need.--Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains
A sweeping, richly detailed intellectual and political history of America from the 1920s to the 1980s, an absorbing narrative based on impressive scholarship....Sharply etched biographical portraits focus a compelling history.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
In this excellent triple biography, Hall follows Elizabeth, Grace, and Katherine Lumpkin, whose lives and work touched many elements of 20th-century social history.... These admirably crafted biographies of the Lumpkins, their cohorts, and their causes open a fascinating window on America's social and intellectual history.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
The word befitting this work is 'masterpiece.' Sisters and Rebels is an impassioned, elegant, evocative narrative that turns biography into art and scholarship into the profound understanding of a South searching for its soul.--Paula J. Giddings, author of Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching
Hall's perceptive and elegant writing and her extensive, decades-long research into the sisters' lives provides rich context for the creation of Southern reformers as a political force...Highly recommended for readers interested in women's history and American intellectual history.-- "Library Journal"