Nate Christensen

Independent Historian

Nathan Christensen is a University of Washington graduate whose abiding enthusiasm for history drove him to earn a bachelor of arts in that field and to  contribute to BlackPast.org. His entries are the product of research conducted under UW Professor Quintard Taylor’s tutelage. He is currently working towards teacher certification and a Masters in Teaching.

John Brown’s Christmas Raid into Missouri 1858

John Brown’s preferred method of battling slavery was to free hundreds at a time in a single attack. However, the week of Christmas 1858, he made an exception and successfully rescued eleven Missouri slaves, throwing the region into a state of anxiety and adding another … Read MoreJohn Brown’s Christmas Raid into Missouri 1858

Oberlin-Wellington Rescue (1858)

Participants in the Oberlin-Wellington Rescue, 1859 Image Courtesy of the Ohio Historical Society Tensions leading up to the Civil War often manifested themselves through conflicts over the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850. The Oberlin-Wellington Rescue was one such instance of this. It was a struggle … Read MoreOberlin-Wellington Rescue (1858)

Allen B. Light (1805- ?)

Allen Light’s Sailor’s Papers, 1827 Image Ownership: Public Domain The African American experience in California in the years just prior to the Gold Rush included more than just overland immigrants. Allen B. Light, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, arrived in Santa Barbara, California in 1835 as … Read MoreAllen B. Light (1805- ?)