Julie Winch, Author

On March 6, 1842, Philadelphia witnessed a great coming together of its citizens. Black and white, rich and poor, came out to pay their last respects to a remarkable man who had lived among them for almost all of his 75 years. That he was a man of color was a matter of pride to those in the African- American community — and for an hour or two at least, that fact ceased to matter to many of their white neighbors.

James Forten’s rags-to-riches life was about more than the quest for wealth. He was a patriot who risked his life for the cause of Independence. He was also a tireless foe of slavery and an outspoken champion of civil rights. He would not live to see Emancipation, but he helped pave the way. His children and grandchildren would follow in his footsteps.

James Forten, Liberty's Black Champion

James Forten, Liberty’s Black Champion

An easily readable book for:

  1. -Classrooms

  2. -Book reports

  3. -Church discussions

  4. -Library discussions

  5. -Groups

  6. -Home Reading


Available January 2011

Julie Winch

Julie Winch

  1. -Author

  2. -Researcher

  3. -Genealogist

  4. -Biographer

  5. -Teacher


  1. -The Elite of Our People

  2. -A Gentleman of Color: The Life of James Forten

  3. -Philadelphia’s Black Elite

  4. -The Colored Aristocracy of St. Louis

  5. -The Clamorgans

Julie Winch is a Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she specializes in the lives and genealogies of African-Americans and other
American immigrants in the Revolutionary era and the Early American Republic.

She earned her Ph.D. in History from Bryn Mawr College. Many of her books are biographies, and she is the recognized expert among historians on the lives of James Forten and Jacques Clamorgan.


Julie Winch is available for speaking engagements. 

Contact her via mail at Julie Winch, Author - PO Box 973 - Medford, MA 02155

or via email at JulieWinch@Juliewinch.com