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Jacquelyn Dowd Hall on Sisters and Rebels

Jacqueline Dowd Hall with NHC Book Club

Watch the recording of Jacquelyn Dowd Hall’s discussion of her book, “Sisters and Rebels.” The presentation is part of our summer virtual book club series on race and injustice. In this UNC Professor Emerita’s novel, 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.


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