Since 1973, the Southern Oral History Program has worked to preserve the voices of the southern past. We have collected more than 5,000 interviews with people from all walks of life—from mill workers to civil rights leaders to future presidents of the United States. Made available through UNC’s renowned Southern Historical Collection online, these interviews capture the vivid personalities, poignant personal stories, and behind-the-scenes decision-making that bring history to life.
Jacquelyn Hall and Jessie Wilkerson Receive LAWCHA Awards
Huge congratulations to founding SOHP director Jacquelyn Dowd Hall and SOHP alumna Jessie Wilkerson on receiving awards from the Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA)! Jessie received the Herbert Gutman Prize for best PhD dissertation in the field of labor and working class history for her dissertation, completed at UNC under Jacquelyn Hall’s direction, entitled “Where Movements Meet: From the War on Poverty to Grassroots Feminism in the Appalachian South.” Jacquelyn received the award for Distinguished Service to Labor and Working-Class History for her exemplary contributions to the field and its members over so many years. Her prizewinning scholarship has brought the South and its women to the forefront of labor and working class history.
Save the Date: 2015 NC Women’s Summit
The 2015 NC Women’s Summit will take place on Thursday, September 24th, 2015 at Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC). This year’s summit will feature keynote speakers Melissa Harris-Perry, Executive Director of WFU’s Pro Humanitate Institute, and Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress. SOHP is proud to co-sponsor the NC Women’s Summit again, alongside Women AdvaNCe. Stay tuned for more details or visit the event page here.
2015 Moxie Scholars Begin Summer Work
The 2015 Moxie Scholars have begun their summer internships at women’s organizations in the Triangle! Clara will be working at Women AdvaNCe, Kadejah and Emily will be working at the Pauli Murray Project, and Anne and Z will be working at NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA). In addition to their internships, each Moxie Scholar will attend weekly seminars, conduct two oral history interviews, and present a final project to the public on July 2nd. Follow along with the Moxies on their website here, and make sure to save the date and join us for their final performance!
SOHP Intern Podcast: “Rebellion”
The Fall 2014 SOHP interns have released their first oral history podcast. In this first installment, undergraduate interns David Farrow and Rachel Worsham discuss two different types of rebellion at UNC. Act 1 focuses on the dismantling of rules applicable only to women students at Carolina, led by Sharon Rose Powell. Act 2 discusses the Lenoir Foodworkers’ Strike from the perspective of Ashley David, a member of the Black Student Movement. Using the SOHP archives, the interns highlight and explore the role of rebellion at UNC. To listen to the podcast, visit our Soundcloud page here.
The Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Summer Research Fellowship
On September 20th, 2014, more than 120 people gathered at UNC to celebrate and honor the legacy of SOHP’s founding director, Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, as she retires from the Department of History. Now, to honor Jacquelyn in a permanent way, we’re excited to announce a fundraising effort for the Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Summer Research Fellowship Fund. Learn more about this fund, which will support graduate student research, at our donor page here.
40th Anniversary Digital Exhibit Now Live
Our digital exhibit commemorating the SOHP 40th Anniversary Celebration on April 4th, 2014 is now live! Take a tour through decades of materials including old documents, interview clips, photographs, and even a video clip of our panel discussion with Howard Lee, Valeria Lee, Jacquelyn Hall, Jessie Wilkerson, and Bill Chafe. Check it out here.