A conversation about the legacy of the most important African American of the nineteenth century: Frederick Douglass. He escaped slavery and became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era.
Guest: David W. Blight is Professor of American 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 several books inclu
ding American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era; and Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory. He has worked extensively on Douglass legacy, and been awarded the Bancroft Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Prize, among others. His latest book is Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom.