Sheldon Hackney research notes on African American history, civil rights, and folk songs
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Sheldon Hackney (1933-2013) was a historian of the American south, an academic administrator, and the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities during the Clinton administration. Born December 5, 1933 to Cecil Fain Hackney and Elizabeth Morris Hackney, Francis Sheldon Hackney (known as Sheldon Hackney) received his bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University, and his master's and doctorate degrees from Yale University in 1963 and 1966 respectively. Between earning his bachelor's and master's degrees, Hackney served in the United States Navy.
With a focus on history of the American south since the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, Hackney began his academic career at Princeton University, where he taught American history from 1965 to 1972. He then moved into academic administration; serving as provost of Princeton from 1972 to 1975, and president of Tulane from 1975 to 1980. From 1981 to 1993, Hackney served as president of the University of Pennsylvania.
In 1993, Hackney was appointed by President Clinton to serve as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. After stepping down as chairman in 1997, Hackney returned to the University of Pennsylvania to continue teaching history.
He is the author of Populism to Progressivism in Alabama (1969), Populism: The Critical Issue (1971), Politics of Presidential Appointment: A Memoir of the Culture War (2002), and Magnolias without Moonlight: The American South from Regional Confederacy to National Integration (2005).
Hackney married Lucy Durr and was the father of Fain, Virginia, and Elizabeth. He died on September 12, 2013.
This collection consists of a very small number of papers created by Sheldon Hackney and includes research notes and audio recordings relating to his research on African American history, the Civil Rights Movement and folk life and folk song. The collection is arranged first by topic, and then alphabetically within the topic. Scholars interested in Hackney's research or the topics of his research will find this collection to be interesting; however, there is probably very little unique material in this collection. The originals of almost all material can be located elsewhere; the vast majority of the contents of this collection is photocopies or reproductions of originals.
Transferred from Sheldon Hackney's office, 2011.
- University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
- Finding Aid Author
- Holly Mengel
- Finding Aid Date
- 2014 March 25
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