Revolt Against Chivalry

“The work that first lifted the historical study of lynching to a new level of sophisticaztion was Jacquelyn Dowd Hall’s Revolt Against Chivalry. . . . The enduring influence of Hall’s work has been demonstrated by a spate of recent work that has expanded and deepened its line of argument.” – Fitzhugh Brundage

This updated 1993 edition connects the past with the present, using the Clarence Thomas hearings -and their characterization by Thomas as a “high-tech lynching”- to examine the links between white supremacy and the sexual abuse of black women, and the difficulty of forging an antiracist movement against sexual violence.


Awards for Revolt Against Chivalry:

Francis B. Simkins Award, Southern Historical Association (best first book in Southern history), 1980.

Lillian Smith Award, Southern Regional Council (for writing that carries on Smith’s legacy of elucidating the condition of racial and social inequity and proposing a vision of justice and human understanding), 1980.