David W. Blight
David Blight is a leading expert on the life and writings of Frederick Douglass and on the Civil War in historical memory. His book Frederick Douglass's Civil War (1989), and his editions of Douglass's Narrative and W.E.B. Du Bois' Souls of Black Folk are widely taught in college courses. Blight has appeared in several pbs films about African American history and works extensively with museums and other public history projects. His Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, 1863–1915 (2001), won a half-dozen prizes, including four from the OAH. He is the author most recently of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (2018) and American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era (2011).
- Blue, Gray and Black: The Origins of Memorial Day, 1865-1885
- Frederick Douglass and the Meaning of the Civil War
- Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory
- The Study of Historical Memory: Why, and Why Now?
“The Civil War in American Memory”
This lecture was presented during the annual History Forum lecture series at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Recorded by WNAV, Inc., in March 2013.
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