Reviews

Advance praise:

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

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

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 which 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 Cott, author of The Grounding of Modern Feminism

“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. With page after page of surprises conveyed in crystalline prose, Sisters and Rebels recovers a world that was eclipsed by McCarthyism to show us who we can become.” – Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains 

“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

Reviews:

“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. VERDICT: Highly recommended” – Library Journal, May 2019

“A sweeping, richly detailed intellectual and political history of America from the 1920s to the 1980s, an absorbing narrative based on impressive scholarship. From the Editor’s Desk of Kirkus Book Reviews (Starred Review) Read the full review.

“This excellent triple biography . . . opens a fascinating window on America’s social and intellectual history.” – Publishers Weekly (Starred, Boxed Review) Read the full review.