Walt Bachman

Independent Historian

Walt Bachman is an independent historian. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and received law degrees from Oxford University (as a Rhodes Scholar) and from Stanford University.  He was a trial lawyer for 22 years in Minnesota and is the author of Law v. Life, a book about the realities of the modern legal profession.  For the past ten years, he has researched and written about Minnesota history.   His biography of a Minnesota slave, Northern Slave, Black Dakota: The Life and Times of Joseph Godfrey, was published in February 2013.  He is currently writing a history documenting the widespread use of slaves by officers of the U.S. Army.

Slavery and Freedom on the Minnesota Territory Frontier: The Strange Saga of Joseph Godfrey

New York historian Walt Bachman introduces Northern Slave, Black Dakota, his new biography of Joseph Godfrey, an African American who was born into slavery in the free territory that became Minnesota, fled from abusive masters to seek refuge among the Dakota Indians, and was a … Read MoreSlavery and Freedom on the Minnesota Territory Frontier: The Strange Saga of Joseph Godfrey