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Leigh K. Fought

Leigh Fought

Assistant Professor

Reilly Hall 402
Le Moyne College
1419 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, NY 13214


(315) 445-4285


Ph.D. University of Houston (2000)

The 1970s brought the American Bicentennial, the miniseries Roots, and the t.v. series Little House on the Prairie. Then, my grandparents also took me to colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and more than one Civil War battlefield. This odd mix of patriotism, race, women’s history, and living history profoundly affected me as a little white girl growing up in the South. I discovered that there were many different pasts and that their stories conflicted with and complemented one another.  I was doomed – or blessed – at an early age to become a historian, although the medium in which I practice has varied. I have worked as a documents editor, an archivist, and a living history museum interpreter all in the process of finding my purpose in the academic world of teaching, research and writing. I have a Ph.D. in U.S. history from the University of Houston and a Master of Library Science degree from Simmons College in Boston.  If you want to find my work in print, look for Southern Womanhood and Slavery: A Biography of Louisa S. McCord (University of Missouri Press, 2003), who was not only a planter but a pro­slavery and anti­-woman’s rights essayist. If you prefer something lighter, shorter and with more pictures, try Mystic, Connecticut: From Pequot Village to Tourist Town (The History Press, 2006). I was also an editor of the first volume of Frederick Douglass’s Correspondence (Yale University Press, 2009). Ask me about him and you will probably learn more than you thought possible about Douglass and women, the subject of my next book, Frederick Douglass’s Women (Oxford University Press, forthcoming c. 2013­-14).

World Civilization I & II
U.S. History survey I

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Recent and Forthcoming Presentations

  • “I Shouldered One Part of Our Baggage, and Anna Took up the Other”: The Marriage of Frederick and Anna Douglass,” BrANCH Annual Meeting, Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, October 2012
  • “Anna Murray, Mrs. Frederick Douglass,” Villanova University, September 2012
  • “The Marriage of Anna Murray and Frederick Douglass,” Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, National Parks Service, Anacostia, D.C., July 2012
  • Interview about Julia Griffiths and Frederick Douglass, The History Show, RTE’, Dublin, Ireland, February 2011
  • “The Feminine World of Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist and Women’s Rights Man,” Queen’s College, Belfast, Ireland, December 2011
  • “Frederick Douglass’s Mother,” University College, Dublin, Ireland, October 2011
  • “Dirty, Sexy, Abolition: the Julia Griffiths-Frederick Douglass Scandal,” BrANCH Annual Meeting, Cambridge, England, October 2011

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