Amy Murrell Taylor

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  • Professor of History
  • Theodore A. Hallam Professorship, 2019-2021
  • History
  • Gender and Women's Studies
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A.B., Duke University

M.A., University of Virginia

Ph.D., University of Virginia

Dr. Taylor’s research focuses on the social and cultural history of the U.S. South in the 19th century. Her latest book, Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War's Slave Refugee Camps (UNC Press, 2018), was awarded the Merle Curti Social History Award and the Avery O. Craven Award, both from the Organization of American Historians, as well as the Tom Watson Brown Book Award from the Society of Civil War Historians, and the Nau Book Prize from the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History. Embattled Freedom is a study of the many thousands of men, women, and children who fled slavery and sought refuge behind the lines of the Union army during the American Civil War. It explores how their day-to-day experiences in military-supervised camps shaped the way Emancipation unfolded in the United States. She previously examined families divided by national loyalties in The Divided Family in Civil War America (UNC Press, 2005). Taylor is the co-editor, with Stephen Berry, of the "UnCivil Wars" series with the University of Georgia Press, as well as an editorial advisory board member of the Civil War Monitor magazine and a past member of the board of editors of the Journal of Southern History. She is also involved in a variety of public history and historic preservation projects in central Kentucky.

OAH Merle Curti Award for best book in American social history, 2019
OAH Avery O. Craven Award for most original book on the Civil War & Reconstruction, 2019
John Nau Book Prize, John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History, University of Virginia, 2019
Tom Watson Brown Book Award, Society of Civil War Historians, 2019
Provost's Award for Outstanding Teaching, University of Kentucky, 2019
Faculty Mentor of the Week, University of Kentucky Office of Undergraduate Research, April 2018
Great Teacher Award, University of Kentucky Alumni Association, 2016 (Profile)
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2009-2010
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 2008-2009

Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War's Slave Refugee Camps (UNC Press, 2018)

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

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



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  • Jacob Glover (PhD, 2017)
  • Steffi King
  • Jennifer McCabe
  • Emily Moore
  • Andrew Patrick (PhD, 2017)
  • CJ Werking
  • Ruth White
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