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Thavolia Glymph, Professor of History and Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center

Thavolia Glymph

Thavolia Glymph is a professor of history and law at Duke University. Her work focuses on slavery, emancipation, plantation societies and economies, Reconstruction, and black political thought in the nineteenth century U.S. South. She is the author of Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household (Cambridge University Press, 2008) which received the Philip Taft Prize in Labor and Working-Class History and was a finalist for the Frederick Douglass Prize, and The Women's Fight: The Civil War's Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation (Littlefield History of the Civil War Era (University of North Carolina Press, 2020), a finalist for the 2021 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize.  She is a co-editor of two volumes of the award-winning documentary series Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867 (Series 1, Volume 1 and Series 1, Volume 3).  Glymph is currently completing two book projects: African American Women and Children Refugees in the Civil War: A History the Making of Freedom, supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, and "Playing 'Dixie' in Egypt: Civil War Veterans in the Egyptian Army and Transnational Transcripts of Race, Nation, Empire and Citizenship, 1869-1878," a study of former Civil War officers who served in the Egyptian army during the Reconstruction era.  She served as the John Hope Franklin Visiting Professor of American Legal History at Duke Law School in 2015 and 2018 and as a Thomas Langford Lecturer at Duke University in 2017. She is an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer (2011-present), a member of the Scholarly Advisory Board of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and an elected member of the Society of American Historians, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Gettysburg Foundation Board of Directors. She is past president of the Southern Historical Association (2019-2020).

On Leave, Academic Year, 2020-21


Contact Info:
Office Location:  243A Classroom Building, 114 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 684-2830
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:  https://fds.duke.edu/db/aas/history/faculty/thavolia

Office Hours:

Tuesdays, 12:00-2:00 and  by appointment

M.A.Purdue University
Ph.D.Purdue University1994
B.A.Hampton University

Race and Ethnicity
Politics, Public Life and Governance
Military History
Labor and Working Class History
United States and Canada
Research Interests: U.S. History, Slavery, Emancipation and Civil War, Southern Women



Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

    Recent Publications   (More Publications)

    1. Glymph, T, Crying for Home, Labor Studies in Working Class History of the Americas, vol. 17 no. 3 (September, 2020), pp. 113-116 [doi]
    2. Glymph, T, I Could Not Come in unless over their Dead Bodies: Dignitary Offenses, Law and History Review, vol. 38 no. 3 (August, 2020), pp. 585-598 [doi]
    3. Glymph, T, The Women's Fight The Civil War's Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation (November, 2019), pp. 392 pages, UNC Press Books, ISBN 1469653648  [abs]
    4. Glymph, T, "I'm a Radical Girl:" Black Women Unionists and the Politics of Civil War History,” Journal of the Civil War Era 8.3 (September 2018): 359-87., Journal of the Civil War Era 8.3 (September 2018): 359 87., vol. 8 no. 3 (September, 2018), pp. 359-387, University of North Carolina Press
    5. Glymph, T, “Invisible disabilities”: Black women in war and in freedom, Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 160 no. 3 (September, 2016), pp. 237-246
    Conferences Organized

    • Organizer : Du Bois's Black Reconstruction: 75th Anniversary Symposium. November 30, 2011, Organizer : Du Bois's Black Reconstruction: 75th Anniversary Symposium, November 10-12, 2010  

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