Julie Winch’s Bio

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 attended Cambridge University and London University in England. She earned her Ph.D. in History from Bryn Mawr College. Many of her books are biographies, and historians consider her the recognized expert on the lives of James Forten and Jacques Clamorgan. Among her teachings are courses in genealogy sources on the Internet. She is available to consult on individual genealogical projects.

What reviewers wrote about: A Gentleman of Color: The Life of James Forten

From Publishers Weekly:
Less than a decade ago, Forten remained a footnote in books on U.S. and African-American history. This new critical biography, the first serious work on his life and legacy, not only restores him to his rightful place in American history, but also presents readers with an invigorating and challenging new portrait of pre- and post-Revolutionary race relations and identities.

Winch never skirts difficult issues:
Forten’s aunt owned slaves and may have even been involved in the slave trade. And whether she is explicating the role of black freemasonry or how intermarriage with whites and Indians created endlessly complicated social and racial identities for “black” Americans, her scholarship is both outstanding and vital.

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Books by Julie Winch

  • The Elite of Our People
  • A Gentleman of Color: The Life of James Forten
  • Philadelphia’s Black Elite
  • The Colored Aristocracy of St. Louis
  • The Clamorgans: One Family’s History of Race in America
  • Jame Forten, Liberty’s Black Champion
  • Between Slavery and Freedom: Free People of Color in America from Settlement to the Civil War

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BOOKS BY JULIE WINCH

 

  • The Elite of Our People
  • A Gentleman of Color: The Life of James Forten
  • Philadelphia’s Black Elite
  • The Colored Aristocracy of St. Louis
  • The Clamorgans: One Family's History of Race in America
  • Jame Forten, Liberty's Black Champion
  • Between Slavery and Freedom: Free People of Color in America from Settlement to the Civil War

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