Thavolia Glymph


Thavolia Glymph is professor of History at Duke University in the Departments of History and African & African American Studies and a Faculty Affiliate of the Duke University Population Research Institute (DuPri) and the Program in Women's Studies. Glymph is a historian of the nineteenth century U.S. South specializing in gender and women's history, slavery, emancipation, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.  She has published numerous articles and essays and is the author of the prize-winning Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and co-editor of two volumes of Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867 (Series 1, Volume 1 and and Series 1, Volume 3).  She is currently completing two book projects, Women at War: Race, Gender, and Power in the American Civil War and African American Women and Children Refugees in the Civil War. Her next project is entitled "Playing “Dixie” in Egypt: Civil War Veterans in the Egyptian Army and Transnational Transcripts of Race, Nation, Empire and Citizenship, 1869-1878." Glymph is the recipient of a grant support from the National Institutes of Health for her work on Civil War refugees.  She was the 2015 John Hope Franklin Visiting Professor of American Legal History at Duke Law School and will hold this appointment again in the Spring 2018 term.  She is an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer and a member of the American Antiquarian Society.


Selected Grants

African American Literature and Social History awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (Faculty Associate). 2012 to 2013

Glymph, T, Berlin, I, Miller, S, Reidy, JP, Saville, J, and Rowland, L. Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867, ser. 1, vol. 3, The Wartime Genesis of Free Labor: The Lower South. Cambridge University Press, 1990.

Glymph, T, Berlin, I, Fields, BJ, Reidy, JP, and Rowland, L. Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867, ser. 1, vol. 1, The Destruction of Slavery. Cambridge University Press, 1985.

Glymph, T, Kushma, JJ, and Arlington, UOTA. Essays on the postbellum southern economy. TAMU Press, 1985. (Edited Book)

Glymph, T. "Enslaved Women and the Battle for Freedom and Democracy on the Civil War’s Home Front." The American Civil War at Home. Ed. C Sheriff and S Reynolds. Richmond, VA: Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, 2014.

Glymph, T, and Silber, N. "Women Amidst War." The Civil War Remembered. Walsworth Pub Co, 2011.

Glymph, T. "’This Species of Property’: Female Slave Contrabands in the Civil War (Reprint)." The Confederate Experience Reader: Selected Socuments and Essays. Routledge, 2008. (Essay)

Glymph, T, Faust, DG, and Rable, G. "A Woman’s War: Southern Women in the Civil War (Reprint)." The Confederate Reader: Selected Documents and Essays. Routledge, 2008. (Essay)

"The Union Preserved/Toward Reconstruction." Abraham Lincoln: People, Places, Politics. Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, 2006.

Glymph, T. "’Liberty Dearly Bought’: The Making of Civil War Memory in African American Communities in the South." Time Longer than Rope: A Century of African American Activism. Ed. CM Payne and A Green. New York University Press, 2003.

Glymph, T. "Women in the Civil War." Blackwell Companion to American Women’s History. Ed. N Hewitt. Blackwell Publishers, 2002.

Glymph, T, Berlin, I, Fields, BJ, Reidy, JP, and Rowland, L. "Southern Louisiana." Reconstructing Louisiana. Ed. LN Powell. Center for Louisiana Studies, 2001. (Essay)

Glymph, T. "African American Women in the Literary Imagination of Mary Boykin Chesnut." Slavery, Secession, and Southern History. Ed. L Ferleger and R Paquette. University Press of Virginia, 2000.

Glymph, T. "Mary Elizabeth Massey: Standing with the master class." Civil War History 61.4 (January 1, 2015): 412-415. (Review)

Thavolia Glymph, . "A New World of Women and a New Language." Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 36.1 (2015): 21-21. Full Text

Thavolia Glymph, . "Telling Slavery: Archives of Life and Death, Surveillance and Control." The William and Mary Quarterly 72.4 (2015): 680-680. Full Text

Glymph, T. "River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom." Journal of American History 100.4 (March 1, 2014): 1170-1171. Full Text

Glymph, T. "Routes of War: The World of Movement in the Confederate South." Slavery & Abolition 35.1 (January 2, 2014): 190-191. Full Text

Glymph, T. "Rose's War and the Gendered Politics of a Slave Insurgency in the Civil War." Journal of the Civil War Era 3 (December 2013): 501-32.

Glymph, T. "River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom by Walter Johnson." Journal of American History (2013). (Review)

Various, . "W.E.B. Du Bois’ Black Reconstruction: Past and Present." Ed. T Glymph. South Atlantic Quarterly 112.3 (Summer) (2013). (Special issue)

Glymph, T. "Noncombatant military laborers in the Civil War." OAH Magazine of History 26.2 (April 5, 2012): 25-29. Full Text

Glymph, T. "I’se Mrs. Tatum Now: Black and White Women and the Meaning of Freedom." Phillis: The Journal for Research on African American Women 1.1 (Inaugural Issue) (2010): 24-32.