ANN: Thavolia Glymph has won the George and Ann Richards Prize

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On 2014-03-27 13:29, WILLIAM S. COSSEN wrote:

Thavolia Glymph has won the George and Ann Richards Prize for the best article published in The Journal of the Civil War Era in 2013.

Her article, “Rose’s War and the Gendered Politics of Slave Insurgency in the Civil War,” appeared in the December issue. The article was selected for the award by a two-person panel consisting of past Richards Prize winners. The prize earns the recipient a $1,000 award.

Glymph’s essay tells the story of Rose, who was among the leaders of a slave insurrection in South Carolina during the Civil War.

Challenging our focus on the legal genesis of wartime emancipation and its impact on enslaved men, the essay highlights the often violent means by which enslaved women, as well as men, sought to claim their freedom during the conflict. Praising this approach, the prize committee announced, “We were impressed by the compelling narrative of war and emancipation that Dr. Glymph wove from scraps of an enslaved woman’s life. We also admired the way she connected localized slave insurgency with the larger military war effort during the waning days of the war, as well as her nuanced explanation of women’s role as both the creators and recorders of armed rebellion. For all of these reasons, we find this article to be an example of outstanding historical research and writing, the kind that can inspire established scholars and students alike.”

Thavolia Glymph is associate professor of history and African and African American studies at Duke University and a faculty affiliate of the Duke Population Research Institute. She is a scholar of the US South, slavery and emancipation, comparative emancipation, the Civil War, and southern women. She is the author of Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household.

Awarded annually, the  prize recognizes the generosity of George and Ann Richards, who have been  instrumental in the growth of the Richards Civil War Era Center and in the  founding of the The Journal of the Civil War Era.  For more information, visit


William S. Cossen

Editorial Assistant, The Journal of the Civil War Era

The Pennsylvania State University