David Blight

Dr. David Blight

As we reflect on the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation this year, we’re happy to announce a public talk by one of the nation’s most distinguished historians of the American Civil War Era.

Dr. David W. Blight, Class of 1954 Professor of American History at Yale University, will deliver a talk entitled “The Historical Memory of Emancipation, Then and Now, 1963 and 2013.” The address will be held in Smathers Room 1A on the bottom floor of Library East at 4 P.M. on Friday, February 22. Dr. Blight is visiting the University of Florida to participate in a conference hosted by the Milbauer Program in Southern History entitled “The Shadow of Slavery: Emancipation, Memory, and the Meaning of Freedom.” His Friday afternoon talk will focus on emancipation’s long and disputed memory, highlighting in particular how Americans remembered emancipation on the sesquicentennial and bicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation.

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Dr. Blight received his PhD in American History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is author and editor of numerous books on emancipation, including Union and Emancipation: Essays on Politics and Race in the Civil War Era (1997) and A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Narratives of Emancipation (2007). He is also the leading figure on how American’s remember the Civil War era. His work in this area includes Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory (2001) and American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era (2011). Race and Reunion received seven book awards, including the Bancroft Prize, Abraham Lincoln Prize, and Frederick Douglass Prize. American Oracle recently received the Anisfield-Wolf book award.

You can find more information on the “The Shadow of Slavery” conference here.