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Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for History.
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Time Top 10 Book of the Year
Don’t miss hearing from David Blight, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography on Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era.
In this “cinematic and deeply engaging” (The New York Times Book Review) biography, David Blight has drawn on new information held in a private collection that few other historians have consulted, as well as recently discovered issues of Douglass’s newspapers.
Douglass spoke in Portsmouth in 1862 at the Temple, which would later become the site of The Music Hall.
As a young man, Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery in Baltimore, Maryland. He was fortunate to have been taught to read by his slave owner mistress, and he would go on to become one of the major literary figures of his time. His very existence gave the lie to slave owners: with dignity and great intelligence he bore witness to the brutality of slavery.
About the Author:
David W. Blight is the Sterling Professor of History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. He is the author or editor of a dozen books, including American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era; and annotated editions of Douglass’s first two autobiographies. He has been awarded the Bancroft Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Prize, among others.
Listen to David Blight’s interview on NPR and find out more about Frederick Douglass’s past on Jan. 16!