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 into slavery on February 5, 1813, 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 there briefly before finding … Read MoreJermain Wesley Loguen (1813-1872)

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)