Ryan Hurst

Independent Historian

Ryan G. Hurst is an independent historian who has an interest in the history of Africa and the African diaspora, areas of research that he feels have been lamentably neglected by Western scholars historically. His interests are reading, writing, and film. A lover of cultures, he has traveled the world extensively. In 2009, he graduated with a B.A. in History from the University of Washington. Having begun work towards an advanced degree, he currently has his educational plans on hold as he develops his business and focuses on raising his two lovely daughters. The founder of a Seattle area college consulting firm, he possesses a passion for excellence in education and a desire to help young people succeed academically.

Freedman’s Bureau (1865-1872)

The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, commonly referred to as the Freedmen’s Bureau, was created by Congress on March 3, 1865.  Fashioned to provide temporary, one-year assistance to former slaves and destitute whites in the war-ravaged South, in July of the following year … Read MoreFreedman’s Bureau (1865-1872)

Vernon E. Jordan (1935 – )

  Image Courtesy of DePauw University Publications Office Vernon Eulion Jordan, civil rights leader, lawyer, and presidential advisor, was born in Atlanta, Georgia on August 15, 1935.  Growing up in the segregated American South, Jordan attended David T. Howard High School, where he graduated with … Read MoreVernon E. Jordan (1935 – )

Freedmen’s Savings and Trust Company (1865-1874)

The Freedman’s Bank Image Ownership: Public Domain The Freedmen’s Savings and Trust Company, commonly referred to as The Freedmen’s Bank, was incorporated on March 3, 1865.  It was created by the United States Congress along with the Freedmen’s Bureau to aid the freedmen in their … Read MoreFreedmen’s Savings and Trust Company (1865-1874)

Frazier Augustus Boutelle (1840-1924)

Frazier Augustus Boutelle, army officer and conservationist, was born on September 12, 1840 in Troy, New York. No significant information exists regarding his childhood, though it is known that his father James Augustus Boutelle of Fitchburg, Massachusetts was a descendent of Revolutionary War soldier Ebenezer … Read MoreFrazier Augustus Boutelle (1840-1924)

Shelby Steele (1946- )

Shelby Steele, author and self-described African American conservative, was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 1, 1946.  His father Shelby Sr., a black man, worked as a truck driver while his mother Ruth, a white woman, worked as a social worker.  Both of his parents … Read MoreShelby Steele (1946- )