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J. Vincent Lowery

J. Vincent Lowery



Spring 2013

"Hugh MacRae's Progressive Plan for the Soldier Settlement Movement in Southeastern North Carolina"

Grant in Aid of Research



Spring 2012

"When Fields are Green in Winter: Hugh MacRae and the Agrarian New South Creed"

Grant in Aid of Research

Final Report: "On January 13, 2013, I traveled to Morrow, Georgia to conduct research several days of research at the National Archives and Records Administration Southeast Region facility. While there I accessed a variety of materials related to the New Deal subsistence homestead Penderlea, which Hugh MacRae planned and initially directed. This research is part of my ongoing work on a critical biography of MacRae, a Wilmington, North Carolina businessman and visionary. All research to date suggests that MacRae left the project (or was fired) in February 1935. However, my research at the archives in Morrow revealed that his involvement did not end then. Shortly after MacRae left the project direction of the nationwide program shifted from the Department of the Interior to the Department of Agriculture. Consequently, management changed, and my research revealed that Department of Agriculture officials recognized MacRae’s earlier role on the Penderlea project and reached out to the Wilmington businessman, no doubt recognizing his expertise and prominence in the region as an asset worth tapping. While exploring this connection, I located progress reports that will provide an important contrast in management between the two federal agencies that I will then relate to MacRae’s own vision for Penderlea. I also discovered materials related to his planned effort he incorporated as Family Farmsteads, Inc. Through his connections to the Department of Agriculture, he led a more substantial campaign for support for this venture than I previously thought. I found materials that illustrate the degree to which MacRae sought federal involvement in this program, contrary to scholars’ widely held assumptions that leading white southerners resisted such involvement. The Research Council’s support for my work on Hugh MacRae thus permitted me to add important dimensions to my study of MacRae’s closing years of work on behalf of southern farmers. Because of this support, my research for this book is quickly nearing its end."


Fall 2010

"The Port City Prophet: Hugh MacRae and the New South Creeds"

Grant in Aid of Research


Spring 2010

"Designing the New South: Hugh MacRae's Immigrant Colonies, Race, Labor, and Desirability after the Wilmington Race Riot of 1898"

Grant in Aid of Research