Frederick Douglass and Slave Narratives
This seminar looks at American slave narratives as works of literature as well as sources of history, with Frederick Douglass’s Narrative providing a particular text and focus. Professor Blight will also discuss the early chapters from his work-in-progress, a new biography of Douglass, which explore this remarkable man’s early life on the eastern shore of Maryland, where so much of his character, personality, ideas, and quest for literacy were forged in the cauldron of slavery.
David W. Blight teaches American history at Yale University and is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on the US Civil War and its legacy. He is the author of many books, including Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, which won eight awards, among them the Bancroft Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Prize.