Dr. Revels’s Presentation Focuses on Florida’s Women During the Civil War
Dr. Tracy J. Revels gives a presentation on Florida’s women during the Civil War at the NFCC Fine Arts Auditorium on March 2
NFCC Alumna Dr. Tracy J. Revels Returns to NFCC as Guest Speaker for Women’s History Month
MADISON, FL – North Florida Community College welcomed NFCC alumna Dr. Tracy J. Revels, Professor of History at Wofford College, as its guest speaker on Monday, March 2. More than 100 people including NFCC students, NFCC faculty and staff, and community members turned out to hear Dr. Revels’s presentation on Florida’s women during the American Civil War. The presentation, celebrating Women’s History Month, was focused around Dr. Revels’s book Grander in Her Daughters: Florida’s Women During The Civil War which won the 2005 Rembert Patrick Prize for Best Book in Florida History. NFCC hosted two presentation sessions, one in the NFCC Fine Arts Auditorium and the other in the NFCC Library.
"It was very meaningful to me to come home and speak to friends and family at the place where my academic career began,” said Dr. Revels. “My experiences at NFJC continue to shape me as a professor at a small school, where our focus is on teaching."
Early in her studies, Dr. Revels found few women mentioned in the history of the Civil War so she set out on a journey to record the history of these women, specifically Florida women, and the challenges they faced. Her presentation at NFCC shared many of the stories found in her book, including stories of women from Madison County, Suwannee County, St. Augustine, Tallahassee and Lake City. Revels recounted the experiences of wives and widows, Unionists and secessionists, black female slaves and their plantation mistresses, business owners and refugees, and crafted a very engaging and interesting social portrait of Florida’s women during the Civil War.
Dr. Revels is a native of Madison County, a 1983 graduate of NFCC (then NFJC) and holds the title of 1983 NFJC Student of the Year. She has a Doctorate of Philosophy in History from Florida State University and specializes in Southern History, 19th Century American History, and Women’s History. She was named the 2007-2008 Wofford College Faculty Member of the Year. She is an accomplished author and currently lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Other books by Dr. Revels that focus on Florida history include Watery Eden: A History of Wakulla Springs and Sunshine Paradise: A History of Florida Tourism. These publications can be found locally at The Old Bookstore in Madison. For more information on Dr. Tracy Revels, visit http://webs.wofford.edu/revelstj/Welcome.html.
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NFCC History Instructor and Department Chair Jay Welch, left, and NFCC Executive Director of Development and External Affairs Dr. Cheryl S. James, right, welcome Dr. Tracy J. Revels to campus on March 2 in the NFCC Fine Arts Auditorium.
More than 100 people including NFCC students, NFCC faculty and staff, and community members turned out to hear Dr. Revel’s presentation on Florida’s women during the American Civil War. Presentations were held in the NFCC Fine Arts Auditorium and Marshall W. Hamilton Library on March 2.