Today [Feb 20], on the one hundred and twenty-forth anniversary of the death of Frederick Douglass, the CLSC has announced the latest 2019 CLSC Selection -- Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David Blight.
As a young man Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) escaped from slavery in Baltimore, Maryland and he would go on to become one of the major literary figures of his time. He wrote three versions of his autobiography over the course of his lifetime and published his own newspaper. His very existence gave the lie to slave owners: with dignity and great intelligence he bore witness to the brutality of slavery.
In this remarkable biography, David Blight has drawn on new information held in a private collection that few other historian have consulted, as well as recently discovered issues of Douglass’s newspapers.
Blight is a professor and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. In addition to numerous other publications, he is the author of Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, which received eight book awards, including the Bancroft Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Prize.