James H. Johnston

Independent Historian

James H. Johnston, an attorney and journalist, has published extensively on national affairs, law, telecommunications, history, and the arts. His contributions include papers on local Washington, D.C., history, Yarrow Mamout, and an edition of The Recollections of Margaret Cabell Brown Loughborough.

An American Family’s Multigenerational Rise from Slavery to Harvard University

Image Courtesy of Fordham University Press In the account below, attorney and historian James H. Johnston describes six generations of descendants of Yarrow Mamout, a Muslim slave made famous by Charles Willson Peale’s 1819 painting of him in Georgetown in the District of Columbia.  Johnston’s … Read MoreAn American Family’s Multigenerational Rise from Slavery to Harvard University