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