Thavolia Glymph

Thavolia Glymph

Professor of History

External address: 
Box 90719, 226 Classroom Building (East Campus), 114 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90719, 226 Classroom Building (East Campus), 114 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 668-1625
Office Hours: 
Tuesdays, 12:00-2:00 and  by appointment


Thavolia Glymph, professor of history and law, studies the U.S. South with a focus on nineteenth century social history. Glymph is the author of Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household (Cambridge University Press, 2008) 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), numerous articles and essays, and co-editor of two volumes the award-winning documentary series, Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867 (Series 1, Volume 1 and Series 1, Volume 3). She is currently completing a book manuscript titled 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. Her next project, "Playing 'Dixie' in Egypt: Civil War Veterans in the Egyptian Army and Transnational Transcripts of Race, Nation, Empire and Citizenship, 1869-1878," is a study of former Civil War officers who served in the Egyptian army during the Reconstruction era.  In 2015 and 2018, Glymph was the John Hope Franklin Visiting Professor of American Legal History at Duke Law School and a 2017-18 Thomas Langford Lecturer at Duke University. She is an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, a Fellow of the Society of American Historians, an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society and the Board of Directors of the Gettysburg Foundation, and president of the Southern Historical Association.  

On Leave, Academic Year, 2020-21


Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Purdue University 1994

  • B.A., Hampton University

  • M.A., Purdue University

Selected Grants

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

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

NIH Research Grant awarded by National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging ($421,00) (2012 to 2014)

Glymph, T. Out of the house of bondage: The transformation of the plantation household. 2003, pp. 1–279. Scopus, doi:10.1017/CBO9780511812491. Full Text

Glymph, Thavolia, et al. Essays on the postbellum southern economy. TAMU Press, 1985.

Glymph, Thavolia. ““Refugee Camp at Helena, Arkansas, 1863,” in The Lens of War: Historians Reflect on their Favorite Civil War Photographs, ed. Gary Gallagher and Mathew Gallman (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2015), 133-40.The Lens of War:  Historians Reflect on  Their Favorite Civil War Photographs, edited by Gary Gallagher and Matthew Gallman, University of Georgia Press, 2015, pp. 133–40.

Glymph, T. “Enslaved Women and the Battle for Freedom and Democracy on the Civil War’s Home Front.” The American Civil War at Home, edited by C. Sheriff and S. Reynolds, Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, 2014.

Glymph, T., and N. Silber. “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.

Glymph, T., et al. “A Woman’s War: Southern Women in the Civil War (Reprint).” The Confederate Reader: Selected Documents and Essays, Routledge, 2008.

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, edited by Charles M. Payne and Adam Green, New York University Press, 2003.

Glymph, T. “Women in the Civil War.” Blackwell Companion to American Women’s History, edited by Nancy Hewitt, Blackwell Publishers, 2002.

Glymph, T., et al. “Southern Louisiana.” Reconstructing Louisiana, edited by Lawrence N. Powell, Center for Louisiana Studies, 2001.

Glymph, T. “African American Women in the Literary Imagination of Mary Boykin Chesnut.” Slavery, Secession, and Southern History, edited by Louis Ferleger and Robert Paquette, University Press of Virginia, 2000.

Glymph, Thavolia. “"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, University of North Carolina Press, Sept. 2018, pp. 359–87.

Glymph, T. ““Invisible disabilities”: Black women in war and in freedom.” Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 160, no. 3, Sept. 2016, pp. 237–46.

Glymph, Thavolia. ““‘Invisible Disabilities’": Black Women in War and in Freedom,” Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 160 (September 2016): 237-53.Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 160, The American Philosophical Society, Sept. 2016, pp. 237–53.

Glymph, T. “Mary Elizabeth Massey: Standing with the master class.” Civil War History, vol. 61, no. 4, Dec. 2015, pp. 412–15. Scopus, doi:10.1353/cwh.2015.0094. Full Text

Glymph, T. “A new world of women and a new language.” Frontiers, vol. 36, no. 1, Jan. 2015, pp. 21–26. Scopus, doi:10.5250/fronjwomestud.36.1.0021. Full Text

Glymph, T. “Telling slavery: Archives of life and death, surveillance and control.” William and Mary Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 4, Jan. 2015, pp. 680–85. Scopus, doi:10.5309/willmaryquar.72.4.0680. Full Text

Foner, Eric. “ERIC FONER'S “RECONSTRUCTION” AT TWENTY-FIVE.” The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, vol. 14, no. 1, Cambridge University Press (CUP), Jan. 2015, pp. 13–27. Crossref, doi:10.1017/s1537781414000516. Full Text

Glymph, Thavolia. ““Freedom in the American Republic,” Eric Foner’s Reconstruction at Twenty-Five Forum, Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 14, No. 1 (January 2015): 19-22.Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 14, No. 1 (January 2015): 19 22., vol. 14, no. 1, Jan. 2015, pp. 19–22.

Glymph, T. “River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom.” Journal of American History, vol. 100, no. 4, Oxford University Press (OUP), Mar. 2014, pp. 1170–71. Crossref, doi:10.1093/jahist/jau009. Full Text

Glymph, Thavolia. “Routes of War: The World of Movement in the Confederate South.” Slavery & Abolition, vol. 35, no. 1, Informa UK Limited, Jan. 2014, pp. 190–91. Crossref, doi:10.1080/0144039x.2013.878621. Full Text