Grace Elizabeth Hale

Commonwealth Professor of American Studies and History

(434) 924-6413
283 Nau Hall
Office Hours: M 12:30-3:30

Field & Specialties

20th century US cultural history
History of the US South
pouplar music
documentary studies


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

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


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


Recent Articles:

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


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


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


“The New Left and the Romance of Rebellion: Once More with Feeling!” accepted for publication in edited volume of essays, Port Huron at 50, forthcoming from University of Pennsylvania Press.


“‘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)


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


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


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


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


“‘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),


“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

Shooting in Harlan: Documentary Work and the New Left in Appalachia (new book project) 

Cool Town: Athens, Georgia and the Promise of Alternative Culture in Reagan’s America ( University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming in 2015)

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

Media Appearances