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Wofford professor’s book receives Florida award

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College professor Dr. Tracy J. Revels’ new book, “Grander in Her Daughters: Florida’s Women During the Civil War,” has received the 2005 Rembert Patrick Award for Best Scholarly Book in Florida History. The award was presented recently by the Florida Historical Society.

Drawing largely on primary source discoveries, Revels recounts the experiences of wives and widows, Unionists and secessionists, black female slaves and their plantation mistresses, business owners and refugees, and makes them part of the historical record. She finds that “no matter their political allegiance, these women lived dual lives, divided in their loyalties between what they often perceived as the competing interests of their nation and their families.” The book was published by the University of South Carolina Press.

A native of Madison, Fla., Revels is an associate professor of history at Wofford College. She holds a Ph.D. in history from Florida State University and is the author of “Watery Eden: A History of Wakulla Springs.”