Thavolia Glymph, the Peabody Family Distinguished Professor of History at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, has received three awards from the Organization of Amerian Historians for her book The Women’s Fight: The Civil War’s Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation (University of North Carolina Press, 2020). The book explores the role of women during the Civil War. It shows the complicated battles that women — Black and White, enslaved and free — took on to define the meaning of freedom, home, and nation in the North and South.
Dr. Glymph won the Civil War and Reconstruction Book Award for the most original book on the coming of the Civil War, the Civil War years or the Era of Reconstruction; the Darlene Clark Hine Award for best book on African American women’s and gender history; and the Mary Nickliss Prize for “most original” book in U.S. women’s and gender history.
“To have awards in all three is just tremendous because it’s saying that the book does do what I intended — it brings these three concerns together in one space,” Professor Glymph said. “I was thrilled and honored that these separate committees saw in the book what they were looking for.”
Professor Glymph joined the faculty at Duke University in 2000. She is a graduate of Hampton University in Virginia and holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.