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Jacquelyn Dowd Hall on the SOHP’s Founding

Hall and Moeser interview

In 1974, Jacquelyn Dowd Hall arrived as a young professor on the Carolina campus to become the founding director of the Southern Oral History Program. For nearly forty years, she led the program to a position of international prominence: conducting and collecting over 5,000 interviews with southerners (and others) from all walks of life, from future presidents to mill workers, from labor activists to business leaders, from journalists to community organizers. For those four decades, Professor Hall, her staff, and her students dedicated themselves to discovering, learning from, and sharing stories that told history from the ground up.

In this video, Professor Hall offers an oral history of the SOHP from the ground up, explaining the founding principles of the organization and what has guided it since. Enjoy!