This: Former President Barack Obama was meeting with Steven Spielberg on Monday night, sources exclusively told Page Six, months after Obama’s production company with wife, Michelle, unveiled a slate of films with Netflix. Obama and the Oscar-winner were at upscale seafood eatery Marea, spies said. “Spielberg walked through the front and no one noticed,” said the source, while Obama arrived through … Continue reading What Do Steven Spielberg, Kate Capshaw Barack Obama, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, David Blight, and 25 Cent Wings Have in Common?
Over at Zocalo Public Square, Gregory Rodriguez talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Blight about history, memory, Reinhold Niebuhr and history as theology. Here is a taste: You quote Reinhold Niebuhr early on [in Race and Reunion], “The processes of historical justice are not exact enough to warrant the simple confidence of the moral character … Continue reading David Blight on Reinhold Niebuhr, Theology, and a Bunch of Other Things
The Pulitzer Prize for History was just awarded to David Blight, author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom. Blight’s book was chosen by a committee made up of historians Annette Gordon-Reed, Markus Rediker, and Tiya Miles. Learn more here.
Blights wins for Frederick Douglass, Prophet of Freedom. Brooks wins for Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War. Congratulations! Here is a taste of an article on the winners at The New York Times: A mammoth biography of Frederick Douglass and a new study of the 17th-century colonial American conflict known as King Philip’s War have won … Continue reading David Blight and Lisa Brooks Win the Bancroft Prize
I just came across this great Martha Hodes’s interview of David Blight, author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (among many other books). In this exchange, Blight talks about the importance of memory: MH: Memory is a theme that runs deeply through your work, David. And of course, memories of the Civil War mattered deeply to Frederick … Continue reading David Blight on Memory, History, and Hope
As many of you know, Blight is the author of the recently released Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom. I was hoping to read Blight’s book before I teach Douglass’s Narrative in a couple of weeks, but I don’t think I am going to have the time. Here is a taste of an interview with Blight at History … Continue reading David Blight on Frederick Douglass
The debate over Confederate monuments continues. Associated Press reporter Colleen Long recently interviewed a few historians on the matter, including Yale historian David Blight. Here is a taste of her article: The national soul-searching over whether to take down monuments to the Confederacy’s demigods has extended to other historical figures accused of wrongdoing, including Christopher … Continue reading David Blight: “If we do this some willy-nilly way, we will regret it.”
Yale historian David Blight talks to The Dallas Morning News about Confederate monuments, New Orleans, and the legacy of the Civil War in this city. Here is a taste of the interview: Let’s step back from the Confederacy specifically, and consider this subject from a more generic perspective. Whether it’s a statue to Saddam Hussein or … Continue reading David Blight on New Orleans and Civil War Legacy
Here is David Blight discussing his forthcoming biography of Frederick Douglass. The discussion takes place at Harvard Law School on the day after Election Day 2016 and Blight is clearly rattled. He also tells some great stories about his research and offers insight into the practice of writing of biography: HT: Kevin Levin at … Continue reading David Blight Talks About His Forthcoming Biography of Frederick Douglass
The Atlantic.com is running a digital symposium on the 150th anniversary of Reconstruction with particular focus on the history and legacy of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments. Here is a taste of Yale historian David’s Blight’s contribution on the 14th: Among all the enactments of Reconstruction, none embody the lasting significance, or the heart of the … Continue reading David Blight on the 14th Amendment
HT: Civil War Memory A Conversation with Dr. David Blight from UM Media Documentary Projects on Vimeo.
David Blight is our foremost historian on the memory of the Civil War in American culture. His lastest book, just out with Harvard University Press, is American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era. At the blog of The Chronicle of Higher Education, Blight answers some of Karen Winkler’s questions about the new … Continue reading David Blight on "American Oracle"
David Blight describes the first recorded celebration of Memorial Day, which took place on May 1, 1865 in the Charleston, SC African-American community. But for the earliest and most remarkable Memorial Day, we must return to where the war began. By the spring of 1865, after a long siege and prolonged bombardment, the beautiful port … Continue reading David Blight on The First Memorial Day
David Brion Davis, the Yale historian of slavery and race in America, has died. I never met him, but his books were a ubiquitous presence on my graduate-school reading lists. Here is historian and Davis colleague David Blight‘s reflection: David Brion Davis has passed after a long illness. The historical profession, the GLC, and … Continue reading David Brion Davis, RIP
History News Network has published a David Blight piece which original appeared at the website of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Of all the things Trump has done, Blight is most worried about his “essential ignorance” of American history. Here is a taste of his piece, originally titled “Trump and History: Ignorance and Denial“: Trump’s “learning” … Continue reading Blight: Historians Should Petition Trump to Take an “Educational Sabbatical” So He Can Learn More U.S. History
A few things online that caught my attention this week: Letters from a New Jersey Loyalist Evangelicals in crisis How should we love America? Where is First Things headed? Devotion. Unity. History. Fighting. But not: Democracy. Justice. Individuality. Peace. Liberal seminaries Brother Jonathan The Presbyterian Church of America adopts the Nashville Statement Rick Atkinson discusses his proposed … Continue reading Sunday Night Odds and Ends
David Garrow, the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Martin Luther King Jr., will drop a bombshell tomorrow (Thursday) when Standpoint magazine will publish an article, based on memos that discuss FBI tapes, that paints the Civil Rights icon in a very unflattering light. Here is what Garrow claims: FBI documents from the 1960s allege Martin Luther King Jr. had affairs … Continue reading Dinesh D’Souza Thinks He Knows Something About How African-American History is Taught
Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Gordon College Will No Longer Have a History Major Liberty University Took Some of the Old Southwestern Seminary Stained Glass Windows “Dear Mike Pence: The real persecution of Christians isn’t here in America” More Thoughts on Gordon College’s … Continue reading Most Popular Posts of the Last Week
Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Taylor University and Mike Pence David Blight Wins the Pulitzer Prize for History How Long Will Americans Tolerate This Man as Their President? A Distinguished Taylor University Alumnus Speaks Out on the Pence Invitation Michelle Bachmann on Trump: … Continue reading Most Popular Posts of the Last Week
Of course , nations rarely commemorate their disaster and tragedies unless compelled by forces that will not let the politics of memory rest. One should not diminish the profoundly meaningful experiences of the [Gettysburg] veterans themselves as such a reunion; the nation, through the psyches of old soldiers, had achieved a great deal of healing. … Continue reading Commonplace Book #89