Speaker Date: Jan. 10, 2020

Popular speaker Dr. Tom Hanchett visits to talk about the new edition of his history of Charlotte, Sorting Out the New South City, just published by UNC Press.

He’ll explore Charlotte’s growth — and the surprising history of racial and economic segregation over time

Best known for his 16 years with Levine Museum of the New South, Dr. Hanchett is now Historian-in-Residence with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

Charlotte Magazine calls him “Charlotte’s Dr. History” and named him a 2015 Charlottean of the Year.”

On-Demand Streaming Audio Presentation

On-Demand Streaming Audio Q & A Session

Tom Hanchett, Ph.D., Historian

Dr. Tom Hanchett is the eminent community historian in Charlotte, NC. He has been a frequent and very popular speaker to Senior Scholars. In this presentation, Tom will discuss the history of racial segregation in Charlotte neighborhoods from the 1800’s to the present day. 

Tom is an expert on the history of Charlotte’s people, streets and buildings. He has been associated with various Charlotte community groups and with Levine Museum of the New South. Previously he served as Staff Historian for 16 years at the Levine Museum where he curated the permanent exhibition “Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers” (named best in the Southeast by the South East Museums Conference), and a string of national-award-winning temporary exhibitions including “COURAGE” abut the Carolina roots of the “Brown v. Board” of Education Civil Rights case.

Tom’s writings range widely on urban history and Southern culture: a book about Charlotte’s neighborhoods, Sorting Out the New South City: Race, Class & Urban Development in Charlotte (UNC Press); an essay exploring the history of US shopping malls; a monthly newspaper column Food From Home; and more.

Educated at Cornell University, University of Chicago, and UNC Chapel Hill. Tom plays fiddle in his spare time.


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