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Faculty Fellow

John Clegg

Collegiate Assistant Professor, History University of Chicago


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John Clegg is Collegiate Assistant Professor of History at the University of Chicago. He received his PhD in Sociology in 2018 from New York University. His research interests include the political economy of slavery, antebellum capitalism, and mass incarceration and job loss.

Featured Project

Colored Troops, Under General Wild, Liberating Slaves in North Carolina, from Harper’s Weekly, January 23, 1864.

Practices of Emancipation

Project Team:

2019 – 2020


Practices of Emancipation II

Practices of Emancipation II

The second phase of a project studying links between Union Army enlistment and the emancipation of slaves is focused on linking African American soldiers to a database of freed people in Civil War refugee camps.

Practices of Emancipation is a multi-year collaborative research project that is building a linked online database and interactive map containing records of over 100,000 African Americans in the Civil War era. The goal is to deepen our understanding of the agency of enslaved people in their own...