Publication Date

February 2020




UNC Press


Those familiar with Thavolia Glymph’s Out of the House of Bondage (2008) know how she expertly crafted her narrative and argument by compellingly revealing how the southern plantation household was a shockingly violent place, a public and political space where white plantation mistresses exerted considerable violence against enslaved women. In doing so, she brought new and much needed attention to how the Civil War and emancipation transformed gender roles in the South. Her latest book, The Women’s Fight, continues this impressive thread and expands out to examine the war’s influence and outcome on women across space, race, class, and status of freedom. This book deserves to be read by those interested not only in gender relations and roles in the nineteenth century, but also those intrigued by the ways in which the Civil War and Reconstruction touched and transformed the lives of those not that have been seemingly lost to history.