Independent Historian

George Tamblyn is a Ph.D. candidate in African American history at the University of Washington where he works with Professor Quintard Taylor. His current project, Race and Courts Martial during the Korean War examines the military justice system as applied to white and black soldiers serving in Korea. The paper is part of a larger study of race and the military in the 20th Century. Tamblyn, a retired attorney with more than 30 years of practice, received an MSc. Degree in 2000 from the University of Edinburgh in World War II Studies. While there he wrote as his thesis Winston Churchill and the Bombing of Germany. Tamblyn teaches American, World, African American and Military history in various community colleges and universities including Seattle Pacific University and Washington State University.

Vincent Lushington (“Roi”) Ottley

Vincent Lushington “Roi” Ottley was born in Harlem in 1906 to parents Jerome P. and Beatrice (Brisbane) Ottley who were immigrants from Grenada.  Ottley attended New York City public schools where he became known as an exceptional athlete in basketball, baseball and track. Ottley won … Read MoreVincent Lushington (“Roi”) Ottley

Louisiana Purchase and African Americans (1803)

It is ironic that the 1803 Louisiana Purchase from France was instigated by one of the few successful slave rebellions. Toussaint L’Overture on St. Dominique (now Haiti and the Dominican Republic) so bedeviled the French that Napoleon decided to sell the Louisiana Territory to the … Read MoreLouisiana Purchase and African Americans (1803)