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David Blight

David W. Blight is the Class of 1954 Professor of American History and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. His newest book, “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom,” was named one of the best books of 2018 by The New York Times Book Review. He is the author or editor of a dozen books, including “American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era,” and “Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory,” as well as annotated editions of Douglass’ first two autobiographies. He has worked on Douglass most of his professional life and has been awarded the Bancroft Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Prize, among others.

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2019 - The Business of Brutality: Slavery and the Foundations of Capitalism2019 - Prophet of Freedom: Frederick Douglass