David Blight appears in the PBS documentary film Birth of a Movement. The film was aired on February 6th, 2017 at 10:00pm.
In 1915, Boston-based African American newspaper editor and activist William M. Trotter waged a battle against D.W. Griffith’s technically groundbreaking but notoriously Ku Klux Klan-friendly The Birth of a Nation, unleashing a fight that still rages today about race relations, media representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood. Birth of a Movement, based on Dick Lehr's book The Birth of a Movement: How Birth of a Nation Ignited the Battle for Civil Rights, captures the backdrop to this prescient clash between human rights, freedom of speech, and a changing media landscape.
No sooner had the nation finished celebrating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War’s end this past spring than the Charleston massacre and confederate flag fracas reminded us that the past isn’t past and the conflicts at the heart of the war still smolder. Historian David Blight has been pointing that out for years in books such as Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory. David says that America dropped the ball when it set aside Reconstruction and set about reconstructing memory itself, embracing some convenient myths and turning its back on civil rights and African Americans in the process. We talked about a legacy of lost opportunities and broken promises, willful forgetting and whitewashed history.
David Blight, author of Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, talked about his book and responded to viewer questions.
August 28th marks the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous speech in front of the Lincoln memorial in Washington, D.C., when, at the close of the March on Washington, he spoke of his dream for racial harmony and economic equality in America.
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Historian David Blight speaks at the Minnesota Historical Society's History Forum about the ways the Civil War has influenced American history and its society and people in the 150 years since.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, http://www.gilderlehrman.org/, presents historian David Blight on a meeting between abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
Scholars talked about the contributions, sacrifices, and challenges faced by African Americans who served in the U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War.
Historians and authors discuss ongoing legacies of the Civil War - the issues and controversies that are still being borne out today.
Each year, Time magazine selects a single person who had the most influence on events during the previous twelve months. If the same question had been posed in the year 1862, who would Time have selected as the Person of the Year?
Three historians held a discussion on race and the role it played leading up to and during the Civil War and how the persistence of resentment and unhealed wounds from the war’s outcome and immediate aftermath have impacted racial issues ever since.
Historian and Yale Professor, David Blight spoke at the Cottage Conversation at President Lincoln's Cottage on October 27, 2011. We caught up with him to talk about his new book, "American Oracle
David Blight discusses his book, American Oracle
Audio Book Club discussion of Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels. Discussion by Emily Bazelon, David Blight and David Plotz
A panel discussion was held on emancipation, citizenship for blacks, and contraband camps during the Civil War. After their papers were presented and Professor Blight had made comments, the panelists responded to questions from members of the audience. Heather Williams moderated.
David W. Blight, Yale University Professor of History and author of "Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory," discusses the Civil War Sesquicentennial. Part 3 of 3.
David W. Blight, Yale University Professor of History and author of "Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory," discusses the Civil War Sesquicentennial. Part 2 of 3.
David W. Blight, Yale University Professor of History and author of "Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory," discusses the Civil War Sesquicentennial.
Harold Holzer moderated a panel discussion on how President Lincoln’s opposition to slavery while respecting its protection by the Constitution put him at odds with both Southern slaveholders and Northern abolitionists.
David W. Blight is an expert on the US Civil War. He discusses how Americans differ in their perception of the war.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, http://www.gilderlehrman.org/, presents historian David Blight on the Underground Railroad.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, http://www.gilderlehrman.org/, presents historian David Blight on abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass.
Professor David Blight explains the importance of Frederick Douglass.
Roundtable discussion with David Blight, R. Brian Ferguson, John Horgan, and Dori Laub.
“Lincoln in His Time and Ours: A Public Symposium” was held by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the American Studies Program and History Department of Columbia University to observe the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth in 1809 and to mark the publication of Our Lincoln: New Perspectives on Lincoln and His World, edited by Eric Foner (W.W. Norton & Company).
David Blight talked about his book A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Own Narratives of Emancipation, published by Harcourt. He was interviewed at the 101st annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians.
David Blight was interviewed on stage by James Basker about his book, A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Own Narratives of Emancipation, published by Harcourt.