My name is Joshua Strayhorn. I am a doctoral candidate in history at Duke University. My research interests include 19th century African American history, specifically Emancipation, Reconstruction, and migration. My dissertation examines race, religion, and migration in post-emancipation North Carolina. I ask what were the political, economic, social, religious factors that contributed to black desires to migrate. I utilize a religious lens to analyze how faith and spirituality shaped people’s politics and freedom dreams.