Albert S. Broussard is professor of History at Texas A&M University, where he has taught since 1985. Professor Broussard has published six books, Expectations of Equality: A History of Black Westerners (2012), Black San Francisco: The Struggle for Racial Equality in the West, 1900-1954 (1993), African American Odyssey: The Stewarts, 1853-1963 (1998), American History: The Early Years to 1877, and The American Republic Since 1877, and The American Vision (co-authored with James McPherson, Alan Brinkley, Joyce Appleby, and Donald Ritchie). He is past president of the Oral History Association and a former chair of the Nominating Committee of the Organization of American Historians. He has also served on the nominating committees of the Southern Historical Association, the Oral History Association and the Western History Association. Additionally, Professor Broussard served on the council of the American History Association, Pacific Coast Branch and chair of the W. Turrentine Jackson Book Prize Committee for the Western History Association. In 2006, Broussard served on the Frederick Jackson Turner book prize committee for the Organization of American Historians and has served on the De Santis Book Prize Committee for the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Historians, where he is also a member of the Council. He was the recipient of a distinguished teaching award from Texas A&M University in 1997 and presented the University Distinguished Faculty lecture in 2000. He has served as President of the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. In the spring of 2005, Broussard was the Langston Hughes Professor of American Studies at the University of Kansas. Broussard also served three terms on the board of directors of Humanities Texas and as a consultant to the Texas Education Agency. He participates regularly in teacher training workshops sponsored by Humanities Texas and school districts throughout the state of Texas. Broussard is currently writing a history of racial activism and civil rights in the American West from World War II to the present.
In 1619, 12 years after the first permanent English colony was established at Jamestown, Virginia, a small cargo of enslaved Africans arrived at the colony at Comfort Point near present-day Hampton, Virginia. Until recently, historians had misconstrued the circumstances of how this human cargo came … Read MoreFirst Africans in the Jamestown Colony (1619)