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Study of the American Experience

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom A talk by David Blight

Date: 5:30pm EST February 7

Master historian David Blight shares his major new biography.

Frederick Douglass, born enslaved on the Eastern Shore, escaped bondage to become one of the greatest Americans of his era. David Blight is Professor of American History at Yale University, as well as Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. His books and online courses have won him widespread acclaim and earned the Bancroft Prize and the Lincoln Prize, among other honors.


 “A consistently engrossing book that is likely to remain the definitive account of Douglass’s life for many years to come.” – Eric Foner, The Nation

“Extraordinary…In Blight’s pages, [Douglass’s] voice again rings out loud and clear, melancholy and triumphant—still prophesying, still agitating, still calling us to action.”

– Adam Goodheart, The Washington Post

“This magnum opus surpasses previous singular biographies … an essential text for students and educators 
seeking to understand Douglass’s complex and expansive narrative.”

Library Journal (starred review)

*Book signing to follow. At this event autographed copies of the book will be available at half the regular cover price for students.

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