Quinnipiac University

The Civil War and American Memory with David Blight

David W. Blight is a teacher, scholar and public historian at Yale University. He is Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. In his capacity as director of the Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale, Blight organizes conferences, working groups, lectures, the administering of the annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize, and many public outreach programs regarding the history of slavery and its abolition. 

His latest book is a new full biography, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, published in October 2018.  Blight’s newest books include annotated editions, with introductory essay, of Frederick Douglass’s second autobiography, My Bondage and My Freedom, Robert Penn Warren’s Who Speaks for the Negro, and the monograph, American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era, which received the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf Award for best book in non-fiction on racism and human diversity. 

Blight is also the author of Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, which received eight book awards, including the Bancroft Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Prize as well as four awards from the Organization of American Historians, including the Merle Curti prizes for both intellectual and social history. 

Blight lectures widely in the US and around the world on the Civil War and Reconstruction, race relations, Douglass, Du Bois, and problems in public history and American historical memory.  This lecture will deal with the transformative meanings of the Civil War in Douglass's life and thought and how he struggled to shape the nation's memory of the event.

This lecture is $5 for the public, and free to museum members, QU faculty, staff and students; tickets must be purchased online, in advance at ighm.org.

Wednesday, February 6 at 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Ireland's Great Hunger Museum, Lower Gallery
3011 Whitney Avenue, Hamden CT 06518 USA

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IGHM Administration


Students, General Public


$5, for general admission. Free for IGHM members, QU faculty, staff and students.

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