From 1830 until well after the American Civil War, Free Blacks and Fugitive slaves met in state and national "conventions" to discuss important issues such as education, labor, and legal justice. This new Digital Humanities project seeks to understand the social worlds and collective organizing potential of these conventions. While the delegations were overwhelmingly male, this project also seeks to recover black women's participation and voice.
This is an ongoing project, and the developers are actively seeking assistance in transcribing session minutes and other documentation. Perhaps most useful for many of us who teach are the really useful teaching guides included on the website.
What to know:
- This is an ongoing project, so there are areas of the site that seem incomplete at the moment.
- The search function is limited, but I found it very easy to browse the site.
I am currently an Adjunct Professor of History at Lynchburg College in Virginia. I received my PhD in Modern British History from Florida State University in 2016. My research explores the way in which competing definitions of masculinity influenced army reform in the mid-nineteenth century. Civilians called for moral reforms; however, they were constantly hampered by politician and military officials' financial concerns. This work offers a number of interventions in the current historiography by exploring issues of corporal punishment, soldiers' sexuality, military suicide, and soldiers' families.