Slave Stampedes on the Missouri Borderlands

Thursday, April 27, 2023, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Type: Panel Discussion

Tags: Digital History; National Park Service; Slavery

Abstract

This virtual panel will discuss a new digital initiative from the National Park Service Network to Freedom and the House Divided Project at Dickinson College which examines the impact of group escapes or so-called "slave stampedes" from Missouri during the antebellum and wartime period. The project builds on a freely accessible database of primary sources, including over one thousand period newspaper articles that describe more than two dozen attempted stampedes from Missouri and nearly 200 such reported group escapes from across the Upper South during the period from 1847 to 1865.

Session Participants

Chair and Panelist: Matthew Pinsker, Dickinson College
Matthew Pinsker holds the Pohanka Chair for Civil War History and serves as Director of the House Divided Project at Dickinson College. He is the author of two books and numerous articles on nineteenth-century political history. He graduated from Harvard and received his doctorate from the University of Oxford. He is an OAH Distinguished Lecturer.

Panelist: Deanda Marie Johnson, National Park Service
Deanda Johnson is currently the Civil Rights Historian for the National Park Service, Interior Region 2, based in Charleston, South Carolina. She was previously the Midwest Regional Coordinator for the National Park Service Network to Freedom Program in Omaha, Nebraska. Johnson graduated from the University of California, San Diego and received her doctorate in American Studies from the College of William & Mary.

Panelist: Timothy Paul Townsend, National Park Service - Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Tim Townsend is the National Park Service Historian at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois. He graduated from St. Ambrose University and received his master's degree in History from the University of Illinois / Springfield. He is currently the ATR for the Slave Stampedes on the Missouri Borderlands project.

Panelist: Cooper Wingert, Georgetown University
Cooper Wingert is currently a PhD candidate in History at Georgetown University. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the the Civil War and Underground Railroad. He graduated from Dickinson College.