Rob Nelson and Scott Nesbit contributed essays to a new book, Apocalypse and the Millennium in the American Civil War Era (Baton Rouge, LSU Press, 2013), edited by Benjamin Wright and Zach Dresser. Nelson’s essay is titled “Spirit Politics: Radical Abolitionists and the Dead End of Spiritualism,” while Nesbit’s is “A Sharecropper’s Millennium: Land and the Perils of Forgiveness in Post-Civil War South Carolina.” The edited volume came out of a conference at Rice University in 2010.November 4, 2013
Rob Nelson and Scott Nesbit both spoke at the Southern Historical Association annual meeting. Nelson was part of a roundtable on digital approaches to Southern history where he talked about text-mining and Confederate nationalism. Nesbit was on a panel “The River and the Road: Nature, Culture, and Infrastructure” where he presented a paper on the challenges and opportunities enslaved African Americans faced in seeking freedom in Civil War Virginia. His paper was entitled “Shockoe Shifts: Spatial Changes in Emancipation-Era Richmond.”
This blog follows and maps Elizabeth Goltra journey along the Oregon Trail during the spring and summer of 1853.
Secession: Virginia and the Crisis of Union, 1861 explores a topic of broad interest as the sesquicentennial of the Civil War approaches: How did the decision to secede–and start the bloodiest conflict in US history–come about?
This project investigates how the myriad discourses of migration and globalization have become manifest graphically across social spaces and street graphics in the contemporary American South.
“Hidden Patterns of the Civil War” collects a number of interrelated projects on the sectional crisis, slavery, and emancipation during the Civil War era, with a particular emphasis on the histories of the city of Richmond and the state of Virginia.