Grace Elizabeth Hale

Commonwealth Professor of American Studies and History

(434) 924-6413

283 Nau Hall
Office Hours: (On Leave Spring 2017)
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Field & Specialties

20th century US Cultural History
History of the US South
popular music
documentary studies

Education

B.B.A. University of Georgia, 1986
M.A. University of Georgia, 1991
Ph.D. Rutgers University, 1995

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Publications

Books:

A Nation of Outsiders: How the White Middle-Class Fell in Love with Rebellion in Postwar America (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011)

http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/HistoryAmerican/Cultural/?view=usa&ci=9780195393132

Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890-1940 (New York: Pantheon, 1998) (New York: Vintage, 1999)

 http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl/9780679776208.html

 

Recent Articles:

“The Dress That Makes the Band: Used Clothes and Bohemians in the Athens, Georgia Music Scene,” in Clothing in the South (University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming in 2018)

“Acting Out: The Athens Scene Versus Reagan’s America,” in The Bohemian South (Lindsey Freeman, editor) (University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming in 2017)

“Participatory Documentary: Recording the Sound of Equality in the Southern Civil Rights Movement,” in Sara Blair, Joseph Entin, and Franny Nudelman, editors, Documentary Work in the Postwar US (University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming in 2017)

“Documentary Noise: The Soundscape of Barbara Kopple’s Harlan County, U.S.A.,” forthcoming in Southern Cultures (Spring 2017): 10-32.

“Port Huron, the New Left and the Romance of Rebellion” Port Huron at 50, Nelson Lichtenstein, editor, (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015)

“The Chorus that Cracked the Wall,” The Weekly Wonk (published by the New America Foundation, November 2014) http://weeklywonk.newamerica.net/articles/chorus-cracked-wall/

“Eggleston’s South: ‘Always in Color’” Southern Spaces (June 27, 2013)

http://southernspaces.org/2013/egglestons-south-always-color

 “When Jim Crow Drank Coke,” January 28, 2013 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/29/opinion/when-jim-crow-drank-coke.html

“The Lost Cause and the Meaning of History,” OAH Magazine of History 27:1 (January 2013): 13-17.

“‘My Political Beliefs Are Songs’: Pete Seeger in Cold War America,” in Kathleen Donohue, ed., Liberty and Justice for All? Rethinking Politics in Cold War America (University of Massachusetts Press, 2012)

"The Complete Oh-OK: Music as Child's Play in Athens, Georgia," Southern Spaces (September 26. 2011) 

http://www.southernspaces.org/2011/complete-oh-ok-music-child%E2%80%99s-play-athens-georgia

“Wounds, Vines, Scratches, and Names: Signs of Return in Southern Photography,” Southern Spaces (February 23, 2011)

http://www.southernspaces.org/2011/wounds-vines-scratches-and-names-signs-return-southern-photography

“Why are Today’s Rebels Republicans?” Washington Post (February 8, 2011)

 http://voices.washingtonpost.com/political-bookworm/2011/02/why_are_todays_rebels_republic.html

“Shaping a Southern Soundscape,” Southern Spaces (July 29, 2010)

http://www.southernspaces.org/2010/shaping-southern-soundscape

“Confederate History is About Race,” CNN.com (April 14, 2010), 

http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2010/04/14/confederate-history-is-about-race/?iref=allsearch

“‘Hear Me Talking to You’: The Blues and the Romance of Rebellion,” in Fitzhugh Brundage, ed., Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture (University of North Carolina Press, 2011)

“A Horrible, Beautiful Beast: Kara Walker’s Art,” Southern Spaces (March 6, 2008), 

http://southernspaces.org/2008/horrible-beautiful-beast

“Black as Folk: The Folk Music Revival, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Romance of the Outsider,” in Joe Crespino and Matt Lassiter, eds. The End of the South (Oxford University Press, 2009)

“’History is Hard to Know’: A Review of the Documentary Film Gonzo: the Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson,” The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics, and Culture 2:1 (79-82)

Current Research

Cool Town: Athens, Georgia and the Promise of Alternative Culture in Reagan’s America (University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming in 2018)

The History We Make: Participatory Documentary from the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter  (new book project) 

 

Courses Taught

AMST 2001 Introduction to American Studies

HIUS 3232 The US South in the Twentieth Century

AMST 4500 Participatory Documentary and the Civil Rights Movement

HIUS 7659 Twentieth Century US Cultural History

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