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.
Joshua Bowen Smith, caterer, abolitionist, and state senator, was born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania in 1813. Details regarding his childhood remain obscure. However, it is known that he was educated in the public school system of Pennsylvania with the assistance of a wealthy Quaker. In 1836 … Read MoreJoshua Bowen Smith (1813-1879)