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Blight, David W.

Works: 64 works in 262 publications in 3 languages and 23,064 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Local history  Genealogy  Essays  Nonfiction television programs  Documentary television programs  Personal narratives  Records and correspondence  Biographies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Author of introduction, Contributor, Other
Classifications: E449, B
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Most widely held works by David W Blight
A slave no more : two men who escaped to freedom : including their own narratives of emancipation by David W Blight( Book )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 1,932 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Slave narratives are extremely rare, with only 55 post-Civil War narratives surviving. A mere handful are first-person accounts by slaves who ran away and freed themselves. Now two newly uncovered narratives join that exclusive group. Handed down through family and friends, they tell gripping stories of escape: Through a combination of intelligence, daring, and sheer luck, the men reached the protection of occupying Union troops. Historian Blight prefaces the narratives with each man's life history. Using genealogical information, Blight has reconstructed their childhoods as sons of white slaveholders, their service as cooks and camp hands during the Civil War, and their climb to black working-class stability in the North, where they reunited their families. In the stories of Wallace Turnage and John Washington, we find portals that offer a rich new answer to the question of how four million people moved from slavery to freedom -- From publisher description
Race and reunion : the Civil War in American memory by David W Blight( Book )

30 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and Polish and held by 1,917 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"No historical event has left as deep an imprint on America's collective memory as the Civil War. In the war's aftermath, Americans had to embrace and cast off a traumatic past. David Blight explores the perilous path of remembering and forgetting, and reveals its tragic costs to race relations and America's national reunion." "Race and Reunion is a history of how the unity of white America was purchased through the increasing segregation of black and white memory of the Civil War. Blight delves deeply into the shifting meanings of death and sacrifice, Reconstruction, the romanticized South of literature, soldiers' reminiscences of battle, the idea of the Lost Cause, and the ritual of Memorial Day. He resurrects the variety of African American voices and memories of the war and the efforts to preserve the emancipationist legacy in the midst of a culture built on its denial."--Jacket
Passages to freedom : the Underground Railroad in history and memory( Book )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 1,847 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Published on the occasion of the opening of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, and drawing on documents, broadsides, and photographs from around the country, Passages to Freedom brings home the reality of slavery's destructiveness."--Jacket
Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass : an American slave by Frederick Douglass( Book )

20 editions published between 1993 and 2017 in English and held by 1,213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An autobiographical account of a childhood and youth spent in slavery by a man who became a great abolitionist and leader of anti-slavery activity
Frederick Douglass' Civil War : keeping faith in jubilee by David W Blight( Book )

9 editions published between 1989 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,070 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why the Civil War came by G. S Boritt( Book )

12 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 876 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

And Gabor Boritt examines the struggle's central figure, Lincoln himself, illuminating in the years leading up to the war a blindness on the future president's part, an unwillingness to confront the looming calamity that was about to smash the nation asunder. William E. Gienapp notes perhaps the most unsettling fact about the Civil War, that democratic institutions could not resolve the slavery issue without resorting to violence on an epic scale. With gripping detail, Why the Civil War Came takes readers back to a country fraught with bitterness, confusion, and hatred - a country ripe for a war of unprecedented bloodshed - to show why democracy failed, and violence reigned
Dark Passages( Visual )

8 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in English and held by 817 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Employes a mixture of interviews, slave narratives, and dramatization. Tells the story of the impact of the Atlantic slave trade. Takes the viewer from the House of Slaves on Goree Island off the coast of Dakar, Senegal, to the village of Juffere on the Gambia River
American oracle : the Civil War in the civil rights era by David W Blight( Book )

16 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and German and held by 794 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David Blight takes his readers back to the Civil War’s centennial celebration to determine how Americans made sense of the suffering, loss, and liberation a century earlier. He shows how four of America’s most incisive writers—Robert Penn Warren, Bruce Catton, Edmund Wilson, and James Baldwin—explored the gulf between remembrance and reality
Union & emancipation : essays on politics and race in the Civil War era( Book )

8 editions published between 1997 and 2007 in English and held by 557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Union and Emancipation, seven leading historians offer new perspectives on the issues of race and politics in American Society from the antebellum era to the aftermath of Reconstruction. The authors, all trained by Richard H. Sewell at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, address two major themes: the politics of sectional conflict prior to the Civil War, illuminated through ideological and institutional inquiry; and the central importance of race, slavery, and emancipation in shaping American political culture and social memory. Contributors consider the national culture, the centrality of the nation-state in understanding American history, the place of race in redefining what it meant to be an American, the way the Civil War helped to redefine the nature of the 'political, ' and of 'citizenship, ' and the significance of political parties through the ideas and interests that motivate them. The collection, with its dual themes of union and emancipation, will provoke debate, offer insight, and challenge recent interpretations of this turbulent period in American history."--Jacket
Beyond the battlefield : race, memory & the American Civil War by David W Blight( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The souls of black folk by W. E. B Du Bois( Book )

8 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1903, this extraordinary collection of 14 essays was a groundbreaking literary work. Grappling with the contradictions of being black and being American, W.E.B. Du Bois created a manifesto for the emerging class of African-American intellectuals
When this cruel war is over : the Civil War letters of Charles Harvey Brewster by Charles Harvey Brewster( Book )

4 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"I am scared most to death every battle we have, but I don't think you need be afraid of my sneaking away unhurt." Thus wrote Adjutant Charles Harvey Brewster of the 10th Massachusetts to his sister Martha in 1864, in one of over 200 letters he would pen during his four years of service. Born and raised in Northampton, Massachusetts, Brewster was a twenty-seven-year-old store clerk when he enlisted in Company C of the 10th Massachusetts Volunteers in April 1861. During the next three and a half years he fought in many of the major battles of the Virginia campaigns--Fair Oaks, the Seven Days, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, the "Bloody Angle" at Spotsylvania--rising through the ranks to become second lieutenant and later adjutant of his regiment. His letters, most of which were written to his mother and two sisters, record not only the horrors he witnessed on the battlefield, but also his inner struggle with his own values, convictions, and sense of manhood. In a thoughtful and illuminating introductory essay, David W. Blight explores the evolution of Brewster's understanding of the terrible conflict in which he was engaged. Blight shows how Brewster's attitudes toward race and slavery gradually changed, in part as a result of his contact with escaped slaves and his experience recruiting black troops. He also examines the shift in Brewster's conception of courage, as the realities of war collided with the romantic ideals he had previously embraced. This recently discovered and exceptionally literate collection of 137 letters chronicles the experiences of an ordinary Union soldier caught up in extraordinary events. At times naive and sentimental, at times mature and realistic, Brewster's correspondence not only provides remarkable insight into the meaning of the Civil War for the average Yankee, but also testifies to the persistent power of war to attract and repel the human imagination
A slave no more : two men who escaped to freedom : including their own narratives of emancipation by David W Blight( Recording )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wallace Turnage was a teenage field hand on an Alabama plantation, John Washington an urban slave in Virginia. They never met. But both men saw opportunity in the chaos of the Civil War, both escaped North, and both left listeners remarkable accounts of their flights to freedom. Handed down through family and friends these narratives tell gripping stories of escape
Indian Ocean slavery in the age of abolition by Robert W Harms( Book )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"While the British were able to accomplish abolition in the trans-Atlantic world by the end of the nineteenth century, their efforts paradoxically caused a great increase in legal and illegal slave trading in the western Indian Ocean. Bringing together essays from leading authorities in the field of slavery studies, this comprehensive work offers an original and creative study of slavery and abolition in the Indian Ocean world during this period. Among the topics discussed are the relationship between British imperialism and slavery; Islamic law and slavery; and the bureaucracy of slave trading."--Provided by publisher
My bondage and my freedom by Frederick Douglass( Book )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born into slavery in 1818, Frederick Douglass escaped to freedom and became a passionate advocate for abolition and social change and the foremost spokesperson for the nation's enslaved African American population in the years preceding the Civil War. My Bondage and My Freedom is Douglass's masterful recounting of his remarkable life and a fiery condemnation of a political and social system that would reduce people to property and keep an entire race in chains. This classic is revisited with a new introduction and annotations by celebrated Douglass scholar David W. Blight. Blight situates the book within the politics of the 1850s and illuminates how My Bondage represents Douglass as a mature, confident, powerful writer who crafted some of the most unforgettable metaphors of slavery and freedom--indeed of basic human universal aspirations for freedom--anywhere in the English language
Great Lincoln documents : historians present treasures from the Gilder Lehrman Collection( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book explores subjects important to the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. It includes a scholarly introduction and a selection of important documents, each with a transcript and brief commentary to place it in historical context."--Publisher's website
The Columbian orator : containing a variety of original and selected pieces together with rules, which are calculated to improve youth and others, in the ornamental and useful art of eloquence by Caleb Bingham( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abraham Lincoln : people, places, politics : history in a box : resource book( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of materials in varied media and formats about the life of Abraham Lincoln and his accomplishments as politician and president. Includes a resource book with short narrative summaries by historians and extensive background materials (also on CD-ROM), eleven posters of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglas, and others, including a poster sized timeline of all the major dates and events, eight placards depicting historic figures and images, 2 DVDs with lectures by major historians, an interactive CD-ROM with soldiers' letters, Civil War songs and photographs, and 1 folded synopsis
Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln : a relationship in language, politics, and memory by David W Blight( Book )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Atlas of the transatlantic slave trade by David Eltis( Book )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a collection of nearly two hundred maps that document the African slave trade to the New World
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Race and reunion : the Civil War in American memory
Alternative Names
Blight, David W.

Blight, David William 1949-

David W. Blight American historian

David W. Blight Amerikaans historicus

David W. Blight historien américain

David W. Blight US-amerikanischer Historiker

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Race and reunion : the Civil War in American memoryPassages to freedom : the Underground Railroad in history and memoryNarrative of the life of Frederick Douglass : an American slaveFrederick Douglass' Civil War : keeping faith in jubileeWhy the Civil War cameAmerican oracle : the Civil War in the civil rights eraUnion & emancipation : essays on politics and race in the Civil War eraBeyond the battlefield : race, memory & the American Civil War