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NEH grant takes Fitzgerald to Alabama

By David Gonnerman '90
May 11, 2011

Professor of History Mike Fitzgerald has received a $6,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for "Race and Railroads in Alabama Reconstruction: Economic Issues and the Challenge to White Supremacy," his study of emancipation and Reconstruction in Alabama. Fitzgerald will start the project this summer.

"The basic theme of this project is how new African American voters interacted with economic development issues during this brief moment in southern history when they enjoyed substantial political influence," says Fitzgerald. The core topic, he adds, is how the freedpeople engaged with the ambitious program of government railroad subsidies enacted by most Republican Reconstruction governments after the Civil War.

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