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“Journey of a Slave from the Plantation to the Battlefield” (Courtesy of the Library of Congress.)

Jonathan’s research centers on slavery, emancipation, and race in nineteenth- and twentieth-century America.

His current project analyzes how black soldiers’ resistance against U.S. army discipline and passage through the military justice system shaped freedom during the Civil War. In the citation for the Allan Nevins Prize, the committee wrote of the project:

“In this unique blend of military, political, African American, gender, legal, and social history, Jonathan Lande reveals how a military operation committed to the destruction of slavery subjected black men to violence to teach them the meaning of freedom and unwittingly recreated the violence that many formerly enslaved Americans sought to escape.”

Read the full prize committee citation here.

Read an interview with the Civil War Institute of Gettysburg College on the project here.