Melissa Daggett 

Melissa Daggett was born and raised in New Orleans where she attended public schools. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in Political Science and has two master’s degrees from the University of New Orleans: a M.Ed. in Education and a M.A. in History. She taught history and French in the Jefferson Parish Public School System for more than three decades, and she is currently teaching United States history at San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas. Her debut book, Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans: The Life and Times of Henry Louis Rey (University Press of Mississippi), chronicles the history of Modern American Spiritualism in the Crescent City with an emphasis on the francophone séance circle of Henry Louis Rey, a Creole of color who was a key civil rights activist, author, and Civil War and Reconstruction leader. She has done presentations for the Louisiana Historical Association, Jefferson Parish Public Library and San Jacinto College. Professor Daggett’s work has appeared in Louisiana History and Louisiana Cultural Vistas, and she was a speaker for the internationally-known Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival in March 2017 as well as the Organization of American Historians in April 2017 and the Louisiana Book Festival on October 28, 2017 in Baton Rouge. Melissa Daggett resides in Houston and has a second home in New Orleans.
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