Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Database Description

This project documents in a detailed database the everyday life and actions of African Americans in the making of emancipation in refugee camps of the American Civil War. The database identifies the names and locations of the refugee camps that the United States government set up for runaway slaves beginning in May 1861, continuing through the end of the war and into the dismantling of the camps in the summer and fall of 1865. In addition to the names and locations, this database will also track population statistics over time in each camp. Each camp entry will include a camp description that gives a concise profile detailing: the actions of runaway slaves in the camps, the changes in population movement and events in camp over time, and the major activities of the Union and Confederate armies and aid organizations in the camps. Each entry will include the dates of operation of the camp as well as the primary and secondary sources from which the author retrieved the data.