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Adam Arenson
University of Texas, El Paso (El Paso, TX 79968-8900)
Back from Canada: African North Americans during the Civil War and Reconstruction

Back from Canada is the first comprehensive study of African North Americans, those men and women redefined by having spent time in both the United States and Canada. When struggling for access to social and political participation in the United States, these individuals had a reference point in a similar but distinct Anglo-American society with a different history of slavery, emancipation, and claims for equal rights. By reconsidering African North American soldiers, political actors, and cultural advocates within a transnational context, Back from Canada provides a new understanding of U.S. history from the beginnings of the Underground Railroad to the death of the emancipation generation (c. 1830-1920), expanding African American history, and Civil War and Reconstruction studies northward. Back from Canada will document how these African North Americans saw both countries anew, and will use their experience to deepen our understanding of the U.S.-Canada border in world history.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2013 – 8/31/2014