Amanda Kleintop

Amanda Kleintop is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in nineteenth-century American history with a minor field in historical methodologies. Her research interests include the U.S. South, Civil War, slavery, and emancipation in the Atlantic World. Her dissertation, “The Terms of Emancipation: Conflicts over Debts for the Value of Slaves from 1862-1875,” examines white southerners’ demands for emancipation policies other than the one that came into existence: the immediate, uncompensated abolition of slavery. It explores the political consequences of their attempts to profit from what they believed was their right to own property in humans by claiming compensation for their freed slaves from the federal government and relief from their debts for the value of slaves. Before attending Northwestern, Amanda worked in digital history with the Digital Scholarship Lab and public history with Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission. She holds a B.A. in history and leadership studies from the University of Richmond (2011).