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Community & Scholars: David Blight with Kathleen DuVal

February 9th, 2019
3:00 PM

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom


Saturday, February 9, 2019
3 pm - 4 pm

The Regulator Bookshop
720 9th Street
Durham, NC 27705

As part of the Community & Scholars Series, the Regulator Bookshop welcomes David Blight, author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, for talk and book signing. Blight will be joined in conversation with UNC Professor of History Kathleen DuVal.


David Blight's Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom is the definitive, dramatic biography of the most important African American of the nineteenth century: 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 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 tells the fascinating story of Douglass’s two marriages and his complex extended family. Douglass was not only an astonishing man of words, but a thinker steeped in Biblical story and theology. There has not been a major biography of Douglass in a quarter century. David Blight’s Frederick Douglass affords this important American the distinguished biography he deserves.

David W. Blight is Class of 1954 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 a dozen books, including American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era; and Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory; and annotated editions of Douglass’s first two autobiographies. He has worked on Douglass much of his professional life, and been awarded the Bancroft Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Prize, among others.

Kathleen DuVal is Bowman & Gordon Gray Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her field of expertise is early American history, particularly interactions among American Indians, Europeans, and Africans on the borderlands of North America. She has been awarded Guggenheim, National Humanities Center, and Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships as well as prizes from the Journal of the American Revolution and the Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South. DuVal is an Elected Fellow of the American Antiquarian Society and the Society of American Historians.

Co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics.