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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


    Assistant Professor of History; U.S. History

    Ph.D., University of Houston (2000)

    The 1970s brought the American Bicentennial, the miniseries Roots, and the TV 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 Civilizations I
    World Civilizations II
    U.S. History I
    U.S. History II
    U.S. Women's History
    From Civil War to Civil Rights: African American History since 1865
    Historical Research and Writing
    Historical Methods

    Recent and Forthcoming Publications

    Recent and Forthcoming Presentations

    • “Helen Pitts Douglass’s Civil War,” Onondaga Civil War Roundtable, DeWitt, NY, 17 Dec 2015.
    • “’A Subject of the Deepest Pathos’: The Influence of Frederick Douglass’s Enslaved Family on His Activism,” Southern Historical Association, Little Rock, AK, 13 Nov 2015.
    • “Teaching Abolition,” Central New York Council for Social Studies, Syracuse, 20 Oct 2015.
    • “White Ladies, Their Rights and Roles,” Buchanan Symposium, Lancaster, NY, 19 Sept 2015.
    • “Violence, Belonging, and Asylum” panel, Society of Historians of the Early Republic, Raleigh, NC, 18 July 2015.
    • “I Belong to the Women: the Role of Women in Frederick Douglass’s Life,” Onondaga Civil War Roundtable, Dewitt, NY, 21 May 2015.
    • "The Importance of Family to Frederick Douglass,” Frederick Douglass Birthday Celebration, Frederick Douglass National Historic Park, Anacostia, D.C., 14 Feb 2015.

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