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Spencie Love

Spencie Love
Spencie Love, former Assistant Director of the SOHP, received her Ph.D. in American History in 1990 from Duke University, where she worked primarily with John Hope Franklin and Lawrence Goodwyn. Love has taught at Duke, the University of Oregon, and UNC-CH. Before pursuing an academic career, she worked as a journalist, writing for a variety of newspapers and magazines ranging from the Afro-American of Richmond, Va. to the Free-Lance Star of Fredericksburg, Va., the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Wall Street Journal. Now an independent scholar, Love is finishing a study of the role of nonviolence in the Civil Rights Movement, tentatively titled Present at the Crucifixion: James M. Lawson, Jr. and 20th Century Christian Nonviolence.

Spencie Love's One Blood
One Blood: The Death and Resurrection of Charles R. Drew (UNC Press, 1996) is a biography of the African-American pioneer of blood plasma research and blood banking. The book also explores the well-known legend that Drew bled to death as a result of being refused treatment at a whites-only Southern hospital. Relying heavily on oral history, One Blood examines the complex relationship between record and myth in both the popular creation and formal construction of American history.

Oral History Publications

  • Forthcoming article in the Journal of American History on teaching oral history, based on a project with UNC-CH students in Chatham County, North Carolina.
  • One Blood: The Death and Resurrection of Charles R. Drew (UNC Press, 1996; paperback published 1997).
  • "Noted Physician Fatally Injured: Charles Drew and the Legend That Will Not Die," Washington History, 4:2, Fall/Winter 1992-93.

Oral History Presentations

  • Guest Participant, "Communication and Collective Memory: The Shaping of Shared Experience," Interdisciplinary Conference, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1986.

The Southern Oral History Program
(a component of the UNC Center for the Study of the American South)
CB#9127, 406 Hamilton Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-9127
(919) 962-0455