David Blight and student, Ry Walker, address teachers at a monument for the 29th Regiment, Connecticut Volunteer Infantry.

David Blight and student, Ry Walker, address teachers at a monument for the 29th Regiment, Connecticut Volunteer Infantry.

On June 21, 2017, Gilder Lehrman Center Director David Blight and GLC summer intern Ry Walker (YC 2020) addressed a group of elementary, middle, and high school teachers at a New Haven monument to the 29th Regiment, Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. The teachers were participants in a seminar taught by Prof. Blight called “The Life and Writings of Frederick Douglass.” The seminar was organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Ms. Walker is a rising sophomore at Yale University. Through the Afro-American Cultural Center’s History Keepers Program, she was interning with the GLC for the month of June.

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Any time is a good time for illumination by Frederick Douglass | YaleNews

Any time is a good time for illumination by Frederick Douglass | YaleNews

David Blight discusses Frederick Douglass in an interview with Susan Gonzalez from YaleNews, February 17, 2017.

More than 30 years ago, Yale historian David Blight stood high atop a ridge near the Maryland coast and took in a view, the memory of which still awes him.

It was of the Chesapeake Bay in the summer, dotted with the white sails of boats, from a vantage point described more than 100 years earlier by the famed former slave, abolitionist, and orator Frederick Douglass.

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The Biddle Memorial Lecture: “DOUGLASS! DOUGLASS! Writing the Life of Frederick Douglass: Why, and Why Now?”

The Biddle Memorial Lecture: “DOUGLASS! DOUGLASS! Writing the Life of Frederick Douglass: Why, and Why Now?”

Lecture Film

David Blight gave the Biddle Memorial Lecture at Harvard Law School on November 9, 2016. His lecture, “DOUGLASS! DOUGLASS! Writing the Life of Frederick Douglass: Why, and Why Now?” was moderated by Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School.

To view video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN3jo7TPs8o

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A Man's a Man for a' That: Frederick Douglass in Scotland | BBC Radio 4

A Man's a Man for a' That: Frederick Douglass in Scotland | BBC Radio 4

Opera singer Andrea Baker explores the impact of Frederick Douglass and the time he spent in Scotland, the country which she's made her home. As the great-granddaughter of slaves, she's always been inspired by Douglass, who escaped slavery to become an abolitionist and social reformer but, until now, was unaware of the impact he'd had on Scotland and vice versa.

Listen to audio: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06kb0g2

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Why the Civil War Isn’t Over: David Blight and Tony Horwitz | NPR (7th Avenue Project)

Why the Civil War Isn’t Over: David Blight and Tony Horwitz | NPR (7th Avenue Project)

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.

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Disunion: The Final Q & A (The Opinion Pages, Opinionator, New York Times, June 10, 2015)

In April 2011, the editors of Disunion, The New York Times’s series on the Civil War, convened a panel of historians to mark the 150th anniversary of the Confederate assault on Fort Sumter and the onset of the four-year conflict. Before a sold-out audience at the Times Center in New York City, the panelists – David Blight, Ken Burns, Adam Goodheart and Jamie Malanowski – discussed the origins of the conflict, the role of slavery and the immense challenges facing a still-new president.

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