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Charles Weisenberger

Ph.D. Candidate (ABD)

Fields: African American History, Slavery and Abolition, Nineteenth Century U.S., Early America, South Africa, Public History 
Faculty: Barbara Krauthamer, Manisha Sinha, Sarah Cornell, Lynda Morgan 
Education: B.A., History, Washington College (2012), M.A., History, University of Massachusetts Amherst (2015) 

My dissertation examines the history of the Telfair family of Savannah, Georgia, from the late eighteenth century until Reconstruction. It uses the experiences of the Telfairs to situate the American planter class within a larger Atlantic World framework. I also have secondary research interests in the Abolition movement within the Pioneer Valley and the experience of African-American soldiers, sailors, and refugees during the War of 1812. In addition to my academic work, I am a committed public historian, and have previously worked with the Legacy of Slavery Project at the Maryland State Archives, the David Ruggles Center for History and Education, and the Emily Dickinson Museum. I am currently based in Williamsburg, Virginia, where I work for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.