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A Civil War Era Digital Archiving Project

is a collaboration of the Richards Civil War Era Center, The Pennsylvania State University Libraries, Senator John Heinz History Center, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and is part of a series of initiatives to commemorate the Civil War sesquicentennial. The project aims to advance scholarship on one of the least understood aspects of the Civil War: the experiences of the northern homefront during that conflict. For this project, we identify that era as beginning in 1851 with Pennsylvanians' resistance to the Fugitive Slave Act and ending in 1874 with the revision of the state constitution.

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