Scholars transcribe hundreds of emancipation documents

May 8th, 2012 | By | Category: 2012, April 26, Issue, Research

UNL researchers are helping paint a fuller portrait of the slaves in Washington, D.C., how they lived and how emancipation changed their lives.

The research is part of the part of the Civil War Washington digital research project, and also marks the 150th anniversary of the Compensated Emancipation Act.

Though controversial, the act produced exceptionally rare documentation of the era: reimbursement petitions that showed the names, ages, histories and descriptions of an entire community of 3,000 African Americans.

UNL scholars have transcribed hundreds of the petitions and have published digital versions at Civil War Washington (

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