David Blight and Lisa Brooks Win the Bancroft Prize

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

David Blight on Memory, History, and Hope

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

David Blight: “If we do this some willy-nilly way, we will regret it.”

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.”

David Blight Talks About His Forthcoming Biography of Frederick Douglass

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

David Blight on the 14th Amendment

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

Blight: Historians Should Petition Trump to Take an “Educational Sabbatical” So He Can Learn More U.S. History

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

The Best Black History Books of 2018

As picked by the editors of Black Perspectives. Authors include Martha Jones, Julius Scott, David Blight, Lillian Barger, Daina Ramey Berry, Keisha Berry, Gerald Horne, and Imani Perry. Subjects include: slavery in antebellum America, the Haitian Revolution, Frederick Douglass, liberation theology, the slave trade, black nationalism, African Americans in the military, Black Lives Matter, and … Continue reading The Best Black History Books of 2018

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week: The burden of the black public intellectual Should we abolish the electoral college? Education and moral purpose The last of the Inklings Another attempt to define evangelicalism Randall Kennedy reviews David Blight, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom Deconstructing the 81% Thomas Nast’s Thanksgiving The U.S. military … Continue reading Sunday Night Odds and Ends

*Black Perspectives* Will Host a Forum on Frederick Douglass

This is going to be good.  The forum will include posts by Brandon Byrd, Kenneth Morris, Neil Roberts, Manisha Sinha, David Blight, Leigh Fought, Christopher Bonner, and Noelle Trent. Here is what you can expect: Black Perspectives, the award-winning blog of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS), is hosting an online forum on Frederick Douglass on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of his birth. … Continue reading *Black Perspectives* Will Host a Forum on Frederick Douglass