Deborah McNally

Academic Historian

Deborah McNally received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2013 and currently teaches courses on Everyday Life in Nineteenth-Century America and Salem Witchcraft in Colonial New England at the University of Washington, Seattle.  Her research interests include slavery, race, gender, and women’s history.Her dissertation, “Within Patriarchy: Gender and Power in Massachusetts’s Congregational Churches, 1630-1730,” explores the relationship between gender and power in the religious culture of Massachusetts’s Congregational churches during the seventeenth and early-eighteenth centuries.  It demonstrates that within a decidedly patriarchal culture, women were both key participants in and patrons of their individual congregations and shapers of both their and their family’s religious experience throughout the seventeenth and early-eighteenth centuries.

Debbie served as the webmaster of Blackpast.org from 2006 to 2007 and again from 2009 to 2013.

Toussaint L’Ouverture (1743-1803)

Known to his contemporaries as “The Black Napoleon,” Toussaint L’Ouverture was a former slave who rose to become the leader of the only successful slave revolt in modern history that created an independent state, the Haitian Revolution. Born into slavery on May 20, 1743 in the French colony of Saint … Read MoreToussaint L’Ouverture (1743-1803)