Amy Murrell Taylor

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Graduate Training: 
MA, PhD, University of Virginia AB, Duke University
Research: 

Research Interests: 19th Century U.S., the South, Civil War Era, Gender and Family, Digital History.

Professor Taylor’s research focuses on the social and cultural history of the U.S. South in the era of the Civil War and Emancipation.  Her first book, The Divided Family in Civil War America (UNC Press, 2005), explored the image and reality of families divided by national loyalties in the Civil War period.  Her current book project, a study of the hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children who fled slavery during the Civil War, examines how their experiences in so-called “contraband” camps shaped the way emancipation unfolded in the United States.  Professor Taylor’s work also incorporates the methods and questions of “digital history,” with current work utilizing GIS and relational databases in order to visualize wartime migration.

Current Students:

  • Jacob Glover
Selected Publications: 

Selected Awards and Fellowships:
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2009-2010
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 2008-2009
University at Albany Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2007

Selected Recent Publications:
“How a Cold Snap in Kentucky Led to Freedom for Thousands: An Environmental Story of Emancipation,” in Stephen Berry, ed., Weirding the War: Stories from the Civil War’s Ragged Edges (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011)

“The Border States,” in Robert Sutton and John Latschar, eds., The Civil War Remembered: Official National Park Service Handbook (National Park Service, 2011)

Co-editor with Michael Perman, Major Problems in the Civil War and Reconstruction, 3rd ed. (Cengage, 2010)

“Interchange: Digital History,” a discussion with seven other digital historians, Journal of American History (September 2008)

The Divided Family in Civil War America (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2005

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