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Massey, Mary Elizabeth (1915–1974) - U.S. Civil War History

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Mary Elizabeth Massey, the first woman to address the New Orleans Civil War Round Table, was born on December 25, 1915, in Morrilton, Arkansas, to Charles Leonidas and Mary (McClung) Massey. She received a B.A. from Hendrix College in 1937 and an M.A. in 1940; she received a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1947. She taught on the high school level in Arkansas from 1937 to 1939 and was head of the department of history at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, from 1940 to 1942. She was professor of history at Flora Macdonald College in Red Springs, North Carolina, from 1942 to 1944 and a teaching fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1944 to 1946. She was assistant professor at Winthrop College in Rock Hill, South Carolina, from 1947 to 1950, associate professor from 1950 to 1954, and professor of history beginning in 1954. Massey also acted as chair of the department from 1960 to 1964.

In 1952 Mary Massey published Ersatz in the Confederacy and in 1959 was a contributor to Education in the South (Rinaldod Simenini, editor). From 1961 to 1965 she was on the advisory council of the National Civil War Centennial Committee and the South Carolina Civil War Centennial Committee. From 1962 to 1963 she was a member of the South Carolina Commission of Archives and History, and in 1963 she was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship. In 1964 she published Refugee Life in the Confederacy , followed by Bonnet Brigades: American Women and the Civil War in 1966. Massey was also the only woman to contribute to the fifteen-volume Impact Series on the Civil War and in 1967 was the first woman to receive the Distinguished Alumna Award from Hendrix College. From 1968 to 1971 she was on the South Carolina Tri-Centennial Commission, and from 1971 to 1972 she served as president of the Southern Historical Association, the third woman to do so. In 1974 Massey became a member of the board of advisors of the National Historical Society. Before her death on December 24, 1974, at Duke University Hospital, Mary Massey completed a paper on Mary Todd Lincoln that was read for her before the National Historical Society.

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