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Amanda Kleintop


Amanda Kleintop is a doctoral fellow at the American Bar Foundation and 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 Balance of Freedom: Abolishing Property Rights in Slaves,” examines white southerners’ demands for federal reimbursement for their freed slaves and relief from debts for the value of slaves between 1864 and the 1870s. 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).

At Northwestern, Amanda also serves as a Brady Scholars Graduate Fellow and Searle Center Graduate Teaching Mentor.

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