John Lustrea spoke with Dr. Amy Murrell Taylor about her studies of refugee camps during the Civil War era.
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Dr. Amy Murrell Taylor is an associate professor of history at the University of Kentucky. Her 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), 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. She previously examined families divided by national loyalties, both the realities of their lives and the images of them in popular culture, in The Divided Family in Civil War America (UNC Press, 2005). She 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.