Department of History

Patience Essah

Office Hours

  • By appointment


Patience Essah, an associate professor of history, has been a member of the faculty at Auburn University since 1990. She holds a BA degree from the University of Ghana at Legon, and MA and PhD degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles. She teaches courses in Africana, African, African-American and World history. Her research focuses on the history of the slave trade, slavery and emancipation. She is the author of A House Divided: Slavery and Emancipation in Delaware, 1638-1865. Her current research, an analysis of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, examines the battle to ratify the amendment that offered freedom to all slaves throughout the United States.


Representative Publications


  • A House Divided: Slavery and Emancipation in Delaware, 1638-1865 (University of Virginia Press, November 1996)

Last Updated: May 23, 2019