Freedom on the Move workshop

To all historians, sociologist and general history buffs! Select CCSS Research Support staff, along with an interdisciplinary team of scholars, have teamed up with Prof. Ed Baptist to create a crowdsourced driven database to explore the lives of enslaved people in the Antebellum South.

Affectionately called “Freedom on the Move”, this project seeks to rediscover the stories of self-liberating people by collecting, curating and transcribing some 100,000+ surviving newspaper advertisements describing the escape (or capture) of enslaved people. These advertisements offer a harrowing, undiluted glimpse into our nation’s past and could hold answers to questions that historians have been asking or can help fill in one’s gap in their family tree.

The Alpha version of the application was in 2018 and received fantastic feedback. The Beta phase of development and was released in the first quarter of 2019.

This is where you come in! We would like to share this project with you in a workshop setting in order to both get the word out about the project as well as to get live feedback from brand new users. This feedback will guide us in what needs to be fixed or tweaked for our full launch.

We look forward to your participation!