Dr. Elizabeth McRae to Speak at Phi Alpha Theta Initiation
October 25, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall
Elizabeth Gillespie McRae is the author of the recent book, Mothers of Massive Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy—a book that examines the multiple ways that white women worked in local and national communities to maintain racial segregation and to create a politics where white supremacy mattered. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, the BBC’s World Histories, Public Schools First, the North Carolina Historical Review and the Georgia Historical Quarterly and numerous radio shows. She grew up in southwestern Virginia, attended Wake Forest University, and completed her graduate work at the University of Georgia, under the direction of Jim Cobb. She has taught the past 18 years at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee North Carolina (near the Eastern Band of the Cherokee), where in addition to teaching modern U.S. history, African American history, and the history of the Jim Crow era, she has helped train public school educators and co-founded with Alex Macaulay the Appalachian Oral History Project which is a partnership with the local high school to record the region’s history. Interested in the intersections of democracy, public education, race and class, she hopes to explore the historically strange career of “school choice” in her next project.