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Book Breaks with Thavolia Glymph

March 14, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Gilder Lehrman Book Breaks features the most exciting history scholars in America discussing their books with host William Roka live, followed by a Q&A with home audiences.

Join us online on Sunday, March 14 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST (11: 00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PST) with Thavolia Glymph, as she discusses her book “The Women’s Fight: The Civil War’s Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation.”

Historians of the Civil War often speak of “wars within a war”–the military fight, wartime struggles on the home front, and the political and moral battle to preserve the Union and end slavery. In this broadly conceived book, Thavolia Glymph provides a comprehensive new history of women’s roles and lives in the Civil War–North and South, White and Black, slave and free–showing how women were essentially and fully engaged in all three arenas. Glymph focuses on the ideas and ideologies that drove women’s actions, allegiances, and politics. We encounter women as they stood their ground, moved into each other’s territory, sought and found common ground, and fought for vastly different principles.

Glymph shows how the Civil War exposed as never before the nation’s fault lines, not just along race and class lines but also along the ragged boundaries of gender. However, Glymph makes clear that women’s experiences were not new to the mid-nineteenth century; rather, many of them drew on memories of previous conflicts, like the American Revolution and the War of 1812, to make sense of the Civil War’s disorder and death.

Purchase books for Book Breaks HERE.
All purchases support the Gilder Lehrman Institute and independent bookstores.

This event is free and open to all – and we encourage teachers to invite their students. RSVP HERE.
Everyone who registers will be sent a Zoom meeting link and instructions in the confirmation email.

For more information, please contact us at bookbreaks@gilderlehrman.org or visit us at gilderlehrman.org/bookbreaks.


March 14, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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