The 56th annual Robert Fortenbaugh Memorial Lecture will feature Dr. Thavolia Glymph, who will present, "I'm a Radical Girl:" Enslaved and Free Black Women Unionists and the Politics of Civil War History.
Thavolia Glymph is Professor of History at Duke University and a Faculty Affiliate in 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 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 has received research 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 is an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer and a member of the American Antiquarian Society.
The Robert Fortenbaugh Memorial Lecture is presented each year on November 19, the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. The goal of the lecture is to speak to the literate general public without abandoning solid scholarly moorings.