Author Interview--Jonathan Noyalas (Slavery and Freedom in the Shenandoah Valley) Part 5

Niels Eichhorn Discussion

Hello H-CivWar readers,

today we close our multipart video interview series with Jonathan Noyalas. Our focus today is on the post-conflict era with Reconstruction and Memory, but also a brief look at the work of the McCormick Civil War Institute.

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Jonathan Noyalas via Zoom. We talked about his new book Slavery and Freedom in the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War Era, which was released by the University Press of Florida. The interview is broken up so that you can easily use the material in class.

Jonathan Noyalas is a graduate of Virginia Tech and Director of the McCormick Civil War Institute at Shenandoah University. He is the author or editor of eleven books on the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley. He has written over a hundred articles in both scholarly and popular publications. 

These videos are also available on this Playlist

We start today with a perplexing question of whether the Emancipation Proclamation applies to Maryland slaves rented out to individuals in Virginia:

We turn to Reconstruction in the Shenandoah Valley:

We conclude the section on the book with a brief look at memory, both the enslaved and the battles of the conflict:

We close this interview with a longer look at the work of the McCormick Civil War Institute's work in the Winchester region: