Susan Bragg

Academic Historian

Susan Bragg is an Assistant Professor at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Georgia.  Before that she was a Visiting Professor of History at the State University of New York at Binghamton.  Her University of Washington dissertation examined gendered discourses in early 20th century NAACP activism. She has also written extensively on 19th Century African Americans in California. She has published articles in California History among other journals. Her article “’Anxious Foot Soldiers’: Sacramento’s Black Women and Education in Nineteenth-Century California” appeared in Quintard Taylor and Shirley Moore, eds., African American Women Confront the West, 1600-2000 (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2003).

Delilah Leonium Beaseley (c.1867-1934)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Pioneering black reporter and historian Delilah Leonium Beasley was born in Cincinnati, Ohio around 1867 in what was then a small but thriving African American community. Beasley attended the city’s segregated public schools and by her teenage years, started publishing short … Read MoreDelilah Leonium Beaseley (c.1867-1934)

Peter Anderson (c.1822-1879)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Born in Pennsylvania, little is known about Anderson before he arrived in California at the end of the California Gold Rush. In 1854, Anderson established a tailor shop in San Francisco and plunged into the city’s small but energetic African American … Read MorePeter Anderson (c.1822-1879)

Philip Alexander Bell (1808-1889)

Black journalist Philip Alexander Bell was born in 1808 in New York City, New York and cut his political teeth in early abolitionist politics in the Northeast.  Bell attended Colored Citizens Conventions as early as 1830 and established his first newspaper, the Weekly Advocate, in … Read MorePhilip Alexander Bell (1808-1889)