Amy Murrell Taylor is a historian of the American South whose work focuses on the era of the Civil War, Emancipation, and Reconstruction. A native of Rockville, Maryland, Taylor received an AB in History from Duke University and an MA and PhD from the University of Virginia. She currently teaches history at the University of Kentucky, where she is a professor of history and was honored with a “Great Teacher” Award from the UK Alumni Association in 2016. She previously taught for eleven years at the University at Albany, State University of New York. 

In addition to Embattled Freedom, Taylor is the author of The Divided Family in Civil War America (UNC Press, 2005), and co-editor, with Michael Perman, of Major Problems in the Civil War and Reconstruction (Cengage, 2010). She also consults with local historic sites on interpreting the history of slavery. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies.

Taylor has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Southern History and the Civil War Monitor Magazine, and currently co-edits, with Stephen Berry, the “UnCivil Wars” series with the University of Georgia Press. She has appeared on the CBS Evening News and C-Span, on the Voice of America and local public radio stations, and on the Slate podcast, “Reconstruction: A Slate Academy.”