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The University of South Carolina

presents the

Thavolia Glymph, keynote speaker


Wednesday, April 5
University of South Carolina
Close-Hipp Building, Room 005
Columbia, SC 29208
7 p.m.

Free admission



Thavolia Glymph

Reconstruction's Open Sore:

The Promises and Perils of How We Write and Remember History


Thavolia Glymph, is a Duke University professor of history and African and African American Studies, and a faculty affiliate of the Duke University Population Research Institute.


Glymph is a 19th century historian of the U.S. South, specializing in gender and women's history, slavery, emancipation, the Civil War and Reconstruction.  


She is the author of numerous books, articles and essays, including the prize-winning Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household (Cambridge University Press, 2008) (also named one of the ten best books on slavery in Politico in 2015) and “Rose’s War and the Gendered Politics of a Slave Insurgency in the Civil War,” winner of the George and Ann Richards Prize for the best article published in The Journal of the Civil War Era in 2013. 
She is co-editor of two volumes of Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867 (Series 1, Volume 1 and Series 1, Volume 3).  


Glymph’s most recently completed book, Women at War: Race Gender and Power in the Civil War will be published by the University of North Carolina Press, and she is currently completing a book on African American women and children refugees in the Civil War with a research grant support from the NIH. 


Glymph was the 2015 John Hope Franklin Visiting Professor of American
Legal History at Duke Law School and is an Organization of American Historians
Distinguished Lecturer and an elected fellow of the American Antiquarian Society.


About her research, Glymph said, “Today as we continue to mark the 150th anniversary of the Era of Reconstruction, we do so in another historical moment that reveals the fragility of black life and the ways in which Reconstruction or the long Civil War, as Du Bois put it, remains an open sore and continues to resonate in American life and culture.”