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CWGK publishes a wealth of 19th century legal documents. This exhibit selects a representative example of a variety of documents and breaks down the parts of the document, its function, and where users are likely to see similar documents within the CWGK corpus.
Readers should keep in mind that the documents selected for this exhibit are usually complete and well formed examples of their kind. For a number of reasons including unfamiliarity with the legal system, inconsistent professional training, and the wartime shortage of government officials with so many men called into military service, CWGK contains more documents that share some or most of the characteristics of these selections but vary noticeably while serving the same purpose. All of this is to say that CWGK researchers will encounter a world where legal business was transacted in longhand.
Moreover, each CWGK document has its own history, not only reflecting its initial production but often showing evidence of passing through many offices and jurisdictions on its way to the governor's desk. Each document can tell its own story. Hopefully, this exhibit gives readers some tools to decipher some of those clues.
Each document contains contemporary definitions of legal terms extracted from John Bouvier's Law Dictionary (1856 edition), accessible in full here. CWGK editors have also added commentary on the individual documents and similar ones found in the edition.
Who were the actors in a young woman's trial for her life? What can the connections between and among them reveal about race, gender, policing, and politics Civil War-era Louisville?
These are the historical questions explored in this exhibit. But "Networking Caroline" is also a preview of the future of the CWGK project and this website. CWGK has recieved funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to build and populate a network of identified entities found in its documents -- to link people, organizations, places, and geographical features.
These eleven documents contain 133 links to 65 unique entities, an average of twelve per document. In turn, researching those 65 people, organizations, and places generated "stub" links to an additional 160 secondary entities. These secondary entities -- spouses and children, businesses operated, offices held, and colleges attended by the people involved in Caroline's story -- help us situate this human story in social and geographical space.
This exhibit works in collaboration with The Caroline Chronicles Classroom Experience and the "Caroline" episode of the Long Story Short podcast. For more information on teaching The Caroline Chronicles in your classroom, click here.
What is there to learn from Civil War Kentucky? Browse excerpts from CWGK documents to see the diversity of topics, themes, and voices contained in this unique collection.
Whether starting a new project or expanding a current one, CWGK subject guides are your introduction to this platform, geographically and chronologically at the heart of U.S. history writing and teaching.