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I am a PhD candidate in American History at Queen’s University Belfast, studying the development of African American politics in the Civil War era, particularly in the refugee or “contraband” camps that were established behind Union army lines during the conflict. I began working on this topic as an undergraduate at Queen’s in 2014, completing a dissertation on “Contraband Camps during the American Civil War,” and expanded upon this research in my Master’s thesis on “Slave Politics in the Tumultuous Years Leading up to the American Civil War.” I feel that it is vitally important to look at the grassroots organizing that took place among African Americans at this time, in order to give a more complete picture of the political landscape in the U.S. during the Civil War era.