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Adam Rothman

Adam Rothman is a Professor in the History Department at Georgetown University, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in 19th century U.S history, the history of slavery, and Atlantic history. His latest book, Beyond Freedom’s Reach: A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery (Harvard 2015), tells the true story of three enslaved children who were taken from New Orleans to Havana during the Civil War, and their mother’s effort to recover them. It won awards from the American Civil War Museum, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, and American Library Association Government Documents Roundtable. He was a member of Georgetown University’s Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation, and is the lead curator of the online Georgetown Slavery Archive. He has written for The Atlantic, Daily Beast, Al Jazeera America, and the New York Times’ Disunion blog. He has been the recipient of an ACLS/Oscar Handlin Fellowship and is an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer. He earned his BA from Yale and PhD from Columbia. Rothman now lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughter.

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