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“Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the U.S. Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps” at the National Civil War Museum

April 6 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


“Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the U.S.

Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps”

with Dr. Amy Murrell Taylor


The Emancipation Proclamation does not tell the full story of how slavery collapsed during the American Civil War. As monumental as that proclamation was, enslaved people still had to flee the plantations of their enslavement and seek refuge behind the lines of the Union army. This talk will describe how nearly 500,000 men, women, and children traveled long distances and took enormous risks in order to seek protection inside military-supervised refugee camps. It will share their stories of survival inside these spaces as they struggled to gain freedom for themselves and their families.


About the Speaker: Amy Murrell Taylor is an associate professor of history at the University of Kentucky. She is the author of Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps (UNC Press, 2018), as well as The Divided Family in Civil War America (UNC Press, 2019). She is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Civil War Monitor Magazine, as well as co-editor, with Stephen Berry, of the UnCivil Wars series at the University of Georgia Press.


This 2019 Lessons in History program is free to the public. Regular museum admission applies for , Museum, lectureentrance to the museum galleries.



April 6
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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