Slave Streets, Free Streets: Visualizing the Landscape of Early Baltimore

One of the projects I worked on while Associate Director of the Imaging Research Center at UMBC–actually the project I worked on the most– was expanding on the fantastic BEARINGS of Baltimore. I concentrated on the lives of free blacks and enslaved workers, culminating in Slave Streets, Free Streets. Two recent articles about the project are:

“Slave Streets, Free Streets: Visualizing the Landscape of Early Baltimore.” Current Research in Digital History 4 (2021).

“Accuracy and Authenticity in a Digital City.” Perspectives on History, November 2020. 

Back from a long hiatus

It’s hard to believe I haven’t posted anything for over four years, when so much has happened! I loved my time as Associate Director of the Imaging Research Center, a position I held from January 2017 to August 2020. I spent a lot of time writing and doing strategic planning and working on various aspects of Visualizing Early Baltimore, especially Slave Streets, Free Streets.

In 2018, the memoir that I co-edited was published. The Perfect Scout:  A Soldier’s Memoir of the Great March to the Sea and the Campaign of the Carolinas reads like a dime novel, full of adventures and mishaps, and is a great complement to Through the Heart of Dixie.

I’ve been spending the 2020-2021 academic year working on a research project about food and famine in the Civil War-era South.

Replaying the Past: Digital Games about Civil War Baltimore

Thanks to the generous support of UMBC’s Hrabowski Fund for Innovation, I was able to teach a new class during Spring 2015.  History undergraduate and Masters degree students worked with undergraduates in the Game Development program (under the direction of Dr. Marc Olano) to build an on-line game about the 1861 Pratt Street Riots, arguably the site of the first blood shed in the American Civil War.

The full game is still being finished by the game development students, but in the meantime you can see the interactive text games built by the history students at

Spring Book Talks

More talks about Through the Heart of Dixie and Sherman’s March planned for the Spring: