The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a $300,000 grant to the Freedmen and Southern Society to continue its work on Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867. During the two-year grant, which will begin in July 2017, the editors' principal focus will be a volume on family and kinship in the transition from slavery to freedom.
Under earlier grants from both the NEH and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the editors are currently engaged in completing a volume on law and justice and in preliminary selection of documents for the volume on family and kinship, which will be the seventh and eighth volumes of Freedom, respectively. A total of nine volumes is projected.
The project's editors are Leslie Rowland, associate professor of history and project director and coeditor, Steven Miller, coeditor, James Illingworth, assistant editor, and Caitlin Verboon, assistant editor.
For information about the project's numerous publications, as well as a sample of documentary material from the volumes, visit www.freedmen.umd.edu.