2115 Francis Scott Key
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
A specialist in the transition from slavery to freedom in the U.S. South, Leslie Rowland directs the Freedmen and Southern Society Project, which is publishing Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867. Five volumes of Freedom have been completed to date, the most recent of which is Land and Labor, 1865 (2008); a sixth volume, Land and Labor, 1866-1867, is in press and will be published in 2013.
Her other publications include Slaves No More: Three Essays on Emancipation and the Civil War (1992), Free at Last: A Documentary History of Slavery, Freedom, and the Civil War (1992), Families and Freedom: A Documentary History of African-American Kinship in the Civil War Era (1997), and Freedom's Soldiers: The Black Military Experience in the Civil War (1998). Among the honors she has received are the J. Franklin Jameson Award of the American Historical Association, the Lincoln Prize for excellence in Civil War studies, and the Thomas Jefferson Prize of the Society for History in the Federal Government.
Professor Rowland teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on various aspects of nineteenth-century U.S. history, including the Civil War, the transition from slavery to freedom, the rise and fall of the Old South, and Reconstruction and the New South. She regularly makes public presentations related to the work of the Freedmen and Southern Society Project and has conducted numerous national institutes and local workshops for secondary-school teachers. She has served as president of the Association for Documentary Editing and chaired prize committees for the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and the Southern Association for Women Historians. She is currently serving on the jury for the 2013 Watson Brown Book Prize, which is sponsored by the Society of Civil War Historians.
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