Devin Engledew

Independent Historian

Devin John Engledew is an undergraduate history student at the University of Washington. Having been born and raised in Seattle,Washington’s historic central district, Devin has an invested interest in the social history of the American West with a specific concentration in historic Seattle.  Similarly, Devin also is interested in the subjects surrounding American history in the 19th and 20th century.  Devin is expecting to graduate from the University of Washington with a B.A. in history in June of 2008 with ambitions to one day earning a professional degree in the subject and is interested in pursuing a career working in education.

Jermain Wesley Loguen (1813-1872)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Jermain Wesley Loguen was born on February 5, 1813 into slavery in Tennessee.  His mother was owned by Loguen’s father and master.  In 1834, Loguen escaped from bondage and fled to St. Catherine’s, Ontario where he stayed briefly before finding his … Read MoreJermain Wesley Loguen (1813-1872)

Charles Waddell Chesnutt (1858-1932)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Charles Waddell Chesnutt was born the son of free black parents on June 20, 1858 in Cleveland, Ohio. His parents had recently moved to Cleveland from Fayetteville, North Carolina in response to the growing restrictions placed on free blacks in that … Read MoreCharles Waddell Chesnutt (1858-1932)

William Wells Brown (ca. 1814-1884)

William Wells Brown was an African American antislavery lecturer, groundbreaking novelist, playwright and historian.  He is widely considered to have been the first African American to publish works in several major literary genres. Known for his continuous political activism especially in his involvement with the … Read MoreWilliam Wells Brown (ca. 1814-1884)

William Calvin Chase (1854-1921)

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” William Chase was born in 1854 to a free black family in Washington, D.C.  Chase was raised in integrated neighborhoods and attended local area schools including Howard University Law School.  Chase combined the practice of law with journalism for most of … Read MoreWilliam Calvin Chase (1854-1921)