Adam H. Domby

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Major Field: United States History
Additional Fields of Specialization: Historical Geography and HGIS, Historical Memory, Southern History, Public History, Digital Humanities, and Native American History
W. Fitzhugh Brundage and Joseph T. Glatthaar

BA Yale University, 2006
MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011
MA Thesis: “Loyal to the Core from the First to the Last: Remembering the Inner Civil War of Forsyth County, North Carolina, 1862–1876”
PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2015

Research Interests

Adam Domby’s dissertation, “War Within the States: Loyalty, Dissent, and Conflict in Southern Piedmont Communities, 1860-1876,” examines how southerners of all races dealt with the legacy of the local fights that civil wars almost inevitably create. While the American Civil War is often thought of as a sectional contest, in addition to fighting northern troops, southerners also battled with their neighbors leaving a divided postwar South. The first half of the dissertation looks at how internal conflicts between neighbors reshaped the wartime south, while the second half explores the Reconstruction era legacies of wartime intra-community violence. While North and South politically reunited after the war, many southern communities remained hopelessly divided into Reconstruction and beyond. The divisions generated by war, created new social networks based upon wartime loyalties, which, in turn, shaped Reconstruction violence and southern politics. To examine the effect of wartime violence on social dynamics, the dissertation focuses on three communities centered around Floyd County, Georgia; Loudoun County, Virginia; and Forsyth County, North Carolina. Closely investigating specific communities enabled the mapping of nineteenth-century social networks, which revealed some of the enduring social, political, and cultural impacts of wartime violence between neighbors. Read more…

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