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Lincoln Lyceum Lecture with David Blight

David W. Blight is the Sterling Professor of History of American History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. He previously taught at North Central College in Illinois, at Harvard University, and at Amherst College. In October of 2018, Simon and Schuster published his new biography of Frederick Douglass, entitled, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom that received the William Henry Seward Award for Excellence in Civil War Biography, Plutarch Award, Christopher Award, Francis Parkman Prize, Pulitzer Prize in History, Los Angeles Book Prize for Biography, Bancroft Prize for History, and the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize. Blight is the author of Frederick Douglass's Civil War: Keeping Faith in Jubilee (1989); Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory (2001), which garnered eight book awards, including the Bancroft Prize, the Merle Curti Award, the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize and the Frederick Douglass Prize; A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Narratives of Emancipation (2008), which won the Connecticut book award for best book in non-fiction; and American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era (2011), which won the Aniston-Wolf Prize in non-fiction for best book on race and racism. He has edited some six books, including editions of Frederick Douglass's Narrative and My Bondage and My Freedom; W. E. B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk; and Robert Penn Warren's Who Speaks for the Negro. Blight is featured in many documentary films on American history on PBS, the BBC, and other networks. He wrote one of the chapters for the book, To Dream A World Anew: A History of the African American People, a companion volume for the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. He writes frequently for the popular press, including the Atlantic, the New York Times, and many other journals. Blight was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012. His lecture course on the Civil War and Reconstruction Era at Yale is on the internet at opencourses@yale.edu. Blight has always been a teacher first. At the beginning of his career, he spent seven years as a high school history teacher in his hometown of Flint, Michigan. He was an undergraduate at Michigan State University and did his Ph. D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Blight maintains a website, including information about public lectures and books, at davidwblight.com.

The events are sponsored by Civil War Era Studies and are free and open to the public. A book signing will follow each lecture. For more information, contact Diane Brennan at dbrennan@gettysburg.edu

Monday, November 11 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Masters Hall 110 Mara Auditorium

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Target Audience

Students

Topic

Academic

Group
Civil War Era Studies Department
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