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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
African American History Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Normandy, France
Favorite Quote:
Those Who Expect To Get Change Without Struggle Are Like Those That Expect Crops Without The Rain.

Birthplace

Born:
11/30/1942
Birth Location:
Danville, Virginia

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
African American History Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Normandy, France
Favorite Quote:
Those Who Expect To Get Change Without Struggle Are Like Those That Expect Crops Without The Rain.

Birthplace

Born:
11/30/1942
Birth Location:
Danville
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Biography

Historian and scholar Thomas C. Holt was born on November 30, 1942 in Virginia. Holt attended and graduated from segregated schools in southside Virginia. He went to work for the SNCC during the Civil Rights Movement in his hometown, Danville, and in Cambridge, Maryland in 1965. He graduated from Howard University with his B.A. degree in 1965 and his M.A. degree 1966. Following that, Holt worked for a federal antipoverty programs trying to change the living and working conditions of migrant and seasonal farm workers until 1968. Holt began his teaching career at Howard University in 1972 and in 1973, he received his Ph.D. from Yale University.

Holt taught at Howard University, Harvard University, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the University of California, Berkley before becoming a professor at the University of Chicago in 1988. Holt is the University of Chicago's James Westfall Thompson Professor of American and African-American History. Over the course of his career, Holt has published the following books: Black Over White: Negro Political Leadership in South Carolina during Reconstruction (1979), The Problem of Freedom: Race, Labor, and Politics in Jamaica and Britain, 1832-1938 (1992), and The Problem of Race in the 21st Century (2000). Holt also co-wrote Beyond Slavery: Explorations of Race, Labor, and Citizenship in Post-emancipation Societies (2000) with Rebecca J. Scott and Frederick Cooper.

In 1978, the Southern Historical Association awarded Holt the Charles S. Sydnor Prize for his work on racial politics in the post- emancipation American South in Black Over White: Negro Political Leadership in South Carolina during Reconstruction. Holt also received the Elsa Goveia Prize from the Association of Caribbean Historians for the same book. In 1987, Holt received the Presidential Initiatives Award from the University of Michigan under President Harold Shapiro. In 1990, Holt received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur "Genius Grant." President Clinton appointed Holt to the Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities from 1994 to 1997. Holt worked as a fellow in the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. In 2003, Holt was elected to be a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Holt sat on the editorial board of the Journal of Southern History from 1983 to 1986 as well as the editorial board for the American Historical Review from 1986 to 1993. In 1999, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Council of Learned Societies and served until 2002.

Thomas C. Holt was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 27, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Thomas C. Holt's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Thomas C. Holt lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Thomas C. Holt describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Thomas C. Holt describes his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Thomas C. Holt describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Thomas C. Holt describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Thomas C. Holt describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Thomas C. Holt describes his father's upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Thomas C. Holt talks about the conflict between his paternal grandfather and father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Thomas C. Holt describes his father's education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Thomas C. Holt talks about his parents' relationship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Thomas C. Holt describes his likeness to his parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Thomas C. Holt remembers his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Thomas C. Holt describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Thomas C. Holt remembers his early interest in reading
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Thomas C. Holt describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Thomas C. Holt talks about his father's involvement in World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Thomas C. Holt talks about his parents' small family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Thomas C. Holt remembers his early education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Thomas C. Holt describes his activities at Southside High School in Blairs, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Thomas C. Holt recalls his early awareness of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Thomas C. Holt remembers an influential teacher at Southside High School in Blairs, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Thomas C. Holt recalls his early exposure to black popular culture
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Thomas C. Holt remembers his decision to attend Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Thomas C. Holt remembers the black barbershop in his community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Thomas C. Holt recalls the debate team at Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Thomas C. Holt describes his theater involvement at Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Thomas C. Holt remembers his interest in literature at Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Thomas C. Holt talks about the administration of Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Thomas C. Holt remembers his involvement in SNCC, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Thomas C. Holt remembers his involvement with SNCC, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Thomas C. Holt remembers the March on Washington, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Thomas C. Holt recalls his arrests during the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Thomas C. Holt remembers the March on Washington, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Thomas C. Holt remembers his academic experiences at Howard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Thomas C. Holt remembers the protests against the administration of Howard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Thomas C. Holt remembers President Lyndon Baines Johnson's commencement address at Howard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Thomas C. Holt remembers the summer of 1964
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Thomas C. Holt recalls his civil rights activism in Cambridge, Maryland
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Thomas C. Holt talks about his master's degree program at Howard University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Thomas C. Holt remembers meeting his wife
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Thomas C. Holt recalls his Ph.D. degree program at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Thomas C. Holt remembers the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Thomas C. Holt describes his interaction with Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Thomas C. Holt recalls the divisions within the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Thomas C. Holt shares his research on the black community in South Carolina during Reconstruction
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Thomas C. Holt remembers joining the faculty of Howard University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Thomas C. Holt describes his research on emancipation in the British West Indies
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Slating of Thomas C. Holt's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Thomas C. Holt describes the Morant Bay rebellion
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Thomas C. Holt talks about Afro-Jamaican activists
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Thomas C. Holt describes the importance of support for newly formed independent countries
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Thomas C. Holt remembers being recruited to teach at Harvard University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Thomas C. Holt describes Howard University and Harvard University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Thomas C. Holt remembers the Regents of the University of California v. Bakke case of 1978
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Thomas C. Holt talks about his contemporaries at Harvard University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Thomas C. Holt describes the emergence of African American studies departments
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Thomas C. Holt talks about student enrollment in African American studies courses
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Thomas C. Holt explains the mission of the African American studies discipline
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Thomas C. Holt talks about his research at Harvard University
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Thomas C. Holt remembers his research on the Freedman's Hospital at Howard University
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Thomas C. Holt recalls his tenure appointment at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Thomas C. Holt talks about African and African American studies professors
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Thomas C. Holt describes his courses at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Thomas C. Holt talks about disinvestment from South Africa at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Thomas C. Holt explains why he left the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Thomas C. Holt describes his research and other African American professors in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Thomas C. Holt talks about his research on Ida B. Wells and the history of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Thomas C. Holt talks about the biographies of historical black figures
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Thomas C. Holt explains his writing process
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Thomas C. Holt talks about the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Thomas C. Holt describes the historical context behind the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Thomas C. Holt describes the historical context behind the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Thomas C. Holt talks about the African American contribution to the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Thomas C. Holt talks about his research assistants
  • Tape: 9 Story: 10 - Thomas C. Holt describes his research on W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Thomas C. Holt remembers his grants and fellowship awards
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Thomas C. Holt talks about the reception of his book, 'The Problem of Freedom, Race, Labor and Politics in Jamaica and Britain'
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Thomas C. Holt remembers his appointment as president of the American Historical Association, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Thomas C. Holt remembers his appointment as president of the American Historical Association, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Thomas C. Holt talks about historical organizations
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Thomas C. Holt remembers William H. McNeill
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Thomas C. Holt describes his fellowship at Stanford University in Stanford, California
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Thomas C. Holt talks about his publications
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Thomas C. Holt talks about the work of a historian
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Thomas C. Holt reflects upon the image of African Americans in popular culture
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Thomas C. Holt reflects upon race in the United States
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Thomas C. Holt reflects upon race in a global context
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Thomas C. Holt talks about his book, 'Children of Fire: A History of African Americans'
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Thomas C. Holt talks about the work of John Hope Franklin
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - Thomas C. Holt reflects upon the work of past historians
  • Tape: 11 Story: 8 - Thomas C. Holt talks about the organization of his book, 'Children of Fire: A History of African Americans'
  • Tape: 12 Story: 1 - Thomas C. Holt reflects on the administration of President Barack Obama
  • Tape: 12 Story: 2 - Thomas C. Holt speculates on how historians will receive the administration of President Barack Obama
  • Tape: 12 Story: 3 - Thomas C. Holt talks about how accessibility to resources has changed over time
  • Tape: 12 Story: 4 - Thomas C. Holt talks about the development of research and fact finding
  • Tape: 12 Story: 5 - Thomas C. Holt reflects upon his favorite work
  • Tape: 12 Story: 6 - Thomas C. Holt reflects upon the life and career of W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Tape: 12 Story: 7 - Thomas C. Holt talks about his favorite African American historical figures
  • Tape: 12 Story: 8 - Thomas C. Holt describes his hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 12 Story: 9 - Thomas C. Holt talks about his family
  • Tape: 12 Story: 10 - Thomas C. Holt talks about his current projects at the time of the interview
  • Tape: 12 Story: 11 - Thomas C. Holt reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 12 Story: 12 - Thomas C. Holt describes how he would like to be remembered