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David Blight on “Writing the Life of Frederick Douglass”

Yale historian David Blight, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History for his biography Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, tells Douglass’s story: an escaped slave who became one of the leading abolitionists, orators, and writers of his era.


  1. Steven Rappaport

    How would his philosophy on freedom comparison to Martin Lither Kin’s speeches of 100 years later

    • Ryan Newswanger

      Hi Steven: we’ll pass your question on to Professor Blight and share his response by email. Thanks for the question!

  2. Eileen M Gupta

    This was a great lecture. Thank you so much! Professor Blight is a rock star!

    • Ryan Newswanger

      Thank you, Eileen! We’re glad that you enjoyed it.

  3. nancy

    wow, I really want to read his books – both Douglas and Blight. I wish he could have that sit down he envisioned with Douglas to ask those questions. He made Douglas very human. I don’t have any questions, he summed up the dichotomies and strengths of Douglas so well. Thank you.

    • Ryan Newswanger

      We agree that Professor Blight sitting down with Frederick Douglass would be quite an experience! And we’re glad that you enjoyed his presentation…”Prophet of Freedom” is certainly worthy of the acclaim that it has received.

  4. Connie Godin

    Awesome, thank you.

    • Ryan Newswanger

      Our pleasure, Connie!

  5. Alban Richey

    This pesentation should be required “reading” for anyone interested in what freedm means.