Associate of Arts, Freed-Hardeman College, 1946. Bachelor, George Peabody College, 1948. Master of Arts, Middle Tennessee State University, 1962.
Doctor of Philosophy, Auburn University, 1988.
Instructor, Freed-Hardeman College, Henderson, Tennessee, 1948-1949; instructor, Jefferson State Community College, Birmingham, Alabama, 1965-1994; emeritus, 1994. Chairman faculty senate Jefferson State Community College, 1991-1993. Writer, lecturer, reviewer in field.
Member Alabama chapter American Civil Liberties Union, since 1985, Common Cause, Washington, since 1985. Volunteer programs for homeless, including Bread and Roses Shelter, Birmingham, 1989, Firehouse Shelter, 1991-1992, Young Women’s Christian Association Kids Korner, since 1996. Volunteer Amnesty International, Birmingham, since 1980, Planned Parenthood, since 1985, Democratic Fundraising, Birmingham, since 1980.
Member American Association of University Women, Southern Association Women Historians, Southern History Association, Alabama Association Historians (executive board 1989-1991), Phi Alpha Theta.
Daughter of Joseph Jackson and Mamie (Rushing) Moore. Divorced; children: Claudia Smalley, Paul, Phoebe Stern, Noccalula M. Moon, Mary Croninger, Julia Weaver Bernstein.