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Raymond Mitchell

PhD Student
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Research Interests

My broad area of interest is late 19th and early 20th century U.S. history, basically from the American Civil War to World War II. My principal focus, however, is on the Civil War, with an emphasis on prisoner of war camps.  My dissertation research will center on creating a critical, comparative analysis of Civil War prisons by examining a variety of factors (environment, role of camp commandants, personal relations, et al) that impacted rates of survival throughout the camps on both sides of the conflict.  My secondary interest lies in the intertwining of immigration, nativism, and xenophobia in the 19th century.