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Frederick Douglass: The Life Behind the Times

  • Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Yale University 63 High Street, Room 102 New Haven, CT 06511 USA (map)

David Blight will take part in the panel “Frederick Douglass: The Life Behind the Times,” along with Leigh Fought, Nzadi Keita, Sarah Meer, Hannah-Rose Murray and Jacqueline Goldsby (Moderator). The panel, sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Center, is on Friday, February 16th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street, Room 102, at Yale University in New Haven, CT.

The panel discussion is in honor of the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass & the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Gilder Lehrman Center.  

Scholars of Frederick Douglass will explore public and private dimensions of his life, including his daughter, three sons, and extended family; his two marriages, one of 44 years with Anna Murray Douglass and the other for 11 years with Helen Pitts Douglass; his relationships with European women, Julia Griffiths and Ottilie Assing; and his personal friendships, some rooted in fierce rivalry and some in enduring support, both in the United States and in England. 

The panel will include a reading by Nzadi Keita of a selection of her poems imagining the life of Anna Murray Douglass.

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