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Faculty Bookwatch, featuring Thavolia Glymph's Out of the House of Bondage

A panel discussion of Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household by Thavolia Glymph, Associate Professor of African & African American Studies and History, Duke University

Thursday, 22 October 22, 4:30pm, Perkins Library, Biddle Rare Book Room. Book sale & reception to follow

Ira Berlin
Distinguished University Professor, Department of History, University of Maryland

William A. Darity
Arts & Sciences Professor of Public Policy / Professor of African & African American Studies and Economics, Duke University

Barbara Fields
Professor of History, Columbia University

Peter Wood
Professor Emeritus of History, Duke University

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Thavolia Glymph


Out of the House of Bondage (Cambridge University Press, 2008) views the plantation household as a site of production where competing visions of gender were wielded as weapons in class struggles between black and white women. Mistresses were powerful beings in the hierarchy of slavery rather than powerless victims of the same patriarchal system responsible for the oppression of the enslaved. Glymph challenges popular depictions of plantation mistresses as “friends” and “allies” of slaves and sheds light on the political importance of ostensible private struggles, and on the political agendas at work in framing the domestic as private and household relations as personal. Out of the House of Bondage is co-winner of the 2009 Taft Labor History Prize and finalist for the 2009 Frederick Douglass Book Prize.

Thavolia Glymph is Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and History at Duke University. In addition to Out of the House of Bondage, Professor Glymph is the author of several essays on slavery, emancipation and the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction, economic history, and southern women. She is co-editor of Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1861, ser. 1, vol. 1; The Documentary of History of Emancipation, 1861-1867, ser. 1, vol. 3; The Wartime Genesis of Free Labor: The Lower South and Essays on the Postbellum Southern Economy.

Faculty Bookwatch is a series intended to celebrate and to encourage scholarly conversations on important recent books by Duke faculty in the humanities and interpretive social sciences. Each program consists of a panel discussion on the book with speakers representing different fields and disciplines, with addition remarks by the featured author.  The series is jointly presented by the Franklin Humanities Institute and Duke University Libraries.


Parking for this event is available at the Bryan Center garage and metered lot for $2/hour.  For directions to the Bryan Center and to the Perkins Library, please visit http://map.duke.edu/

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Posted 15 October 2009

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