Independent Historian

Meg Meneghel MacDonald is an independent historian and writer in Seattle, Washington.  She holds a Ph.D. in American history and American studies from Indiana University, Bloomington, and specializes in nineteenth-century women’s and social history.  MacDonald was awarded a Historical Documents Editing Fellowship by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and spent a year at the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Papers Project, at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  There she was editorial assistant on volume 3 of The Stanton/Anthony Papers, National Protection for National Citizens, 1873 to 1880: The Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony (New Brunswick, N.J.:  Rutgers University Press, 2003).  She is the author of articles on women’s history and the history profession, including “History From the Bottom Up:  On Reproducing Professional Culture in Graduate Education,” Journal of American History 81:3 (December 1994).

Robert Bogle (1774-1848)

Entrepreneur Robert Bogle was the first of many African American caterers who served nineteenth-century Philadelphia’s white elite. Born in 1774, the 1810 federal census shows Bogle and five members of his family in Philadelphia’s South Ward, where the majority of the city’s African American residents … Read MoreRobert Bogle (1774-1848)

Sarah J. Smith Tompkins Garnet (1831-1911)

Sarah Smith Tompkins Garnet was the first African American female principal in the New York public schools.  The eldest of eleven children, she was born Minsarah Smith in Brooklyn in 1831.  Her parents, Sylvanus and Ann Smith, were prosperous farmers of African, European, and Native … Read MoreSarah J. Smith Tompkins Garnet (1831-1911)