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Blight, David W.

Overview
Works: 100 works in 322 publications in 2 languages and 25,535 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Autobiographies  Slave narratives  Local history  Maps  Atlases  Biographies  Essays  Genealogy 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Author of introduction, Contributor, Other
Classifications: E449, B
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Most widely held works by David W Blight
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 2,821 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
American oracle : the Civil War in the civil rights era by David W Blight( )

14 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 2,160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David Blight takes his readers back to the centennial celebration of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation to determine how Americans then made sense of the suffering, loss, and liberation that had wracked the United States a century earlier. --from publisher description
Why the Civil War came by G. S Boritt( )

13 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 2,159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why the Civil War Came brings a talented chorus of voices together to recapture the feel of a very different time and place, helping the reader to grasp more fully the commencement of our bloodiest war. From William W. Freehling's discussion of the peculiarities of North American slavery to Charles Royster's disturbing piece on the combatants' savage readiness to fight, the contributors bring to life the climate of a country on the brink of disaster. Mark Summers, for instance, depicts the tragically jubilant first weeks of Northern recruitment, when Americans on both sides were as yet unaware of the hellish slaughter that awaited them. Glenna Matthews underscores the important war-catalyzing role played by extraordinary public women, who proved that neither side of the Mason-Dixon line was as patriarchal as is thought. David Blight reveals an African-American world that "knew what time it was," and welcomed war
When this cruel war is over : the Civil War letters of Charles Harvey Brewster by Charles Harvey Brewster( )

6 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 2,159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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A slave no more : two men who escaped to freedom : including their own narratives of emancipation by David W Blight( Book )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 1,969 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
Passages to freedom : the Underground Railroad in history and memory by David W Blight( Book )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 1,837 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this volume, editor David W. Blight brings together leading historians to explore every aspect of the network: the hiding places, the way stations, the daring routes over land and sea, the role of American Indians, and the crossing of borders into Mexico and the Caribbean. What emerges is a new, deeply compelling understanding of slavery and manumission in America. The writers also look at the explosion at the turn of the twenty-first century of interest in Underground Railroad sites."
Union & emancipation : essays on politics and race in the Civil War era( )

8 editions published between 1997 and 2007 in English and held by 1,256 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
Indian Ocean slavery in the age of abolition by Robert W Harms( )

8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,178 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. Robert Harms is the Henry J. Heinz Professor of History and African Studies at Yale University. Bernard K. Freamon is professor of law at Seton Hall Law School and director of the Law Schools Zanzibar Program on Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking. David W. Blight is professor of American history and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University."--Publisher's description
Frederick Douglass' Civil War : keeping faith in jubilee by David W Blight( Book )

12 editions published between 1989 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,074 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frederick Douglass : prophet of freedom by David W Blight( Book )

8 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 881 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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. As a young man Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) escaped from slavery in Baltimore, Maryland. He was fortunate to have been taught to read by his slave owner mistress, and he would go on to become one of the major literary figures of his time. He wrote three versions of his autobiography over the course of his lifetime and published his own newspaper. His very existence gave the lie to slave owners: with dignity and great intelligence he bore witness to the brutality of slavery. Initially mentored by William Lloyd Garrison, Douglass spoke widely, often to large crowds, using his own story to condemn slavery. He broke with Garrison to become a political abolitionist, a Republican, and eventually a Lincoln supporter. By the Civil War and during Reconstruction, Douglass became the most famed and widely traveled orator in the nation. He denounced the premature end of Reconstruction and the emerging Jim Crow era. In his unique and eloquent voice, written and spoken, Douglass was a fierce critic of the United States as well as a radical patriot. He sometimes argued politically with younger African-Americans, but he never forsook either the Republican party or the cause of black civil and political rights. In this remarkable biography, David Blight has drawn on new information held in a private collection that few other historians 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"--
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( )

5 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 874 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1797, The Columbian Orator helped shape the American mind for the next half century, going through some 23 editions and totaling 200,000 copies in sales. The book was read by virtually every American schoolboy in the first half of the 19th century. As a slave youth, Frederick Douglass owned just one book, and read it frequently, referring to it as a ""gem"" and his ""rich treasure."". The Columbian Orator presents 84 selections, most of which are notable examples of oratory on such subjects as nationalism, religious faith, individual liberty, freedom, and slavery, including
Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass : an American slave by Frederick Douglass( Book )

12 editions published between 1993 and 2017 in English and held by 804 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dramatic autobiography of the early life of an American slave was first published in 1845, when its young author had just achieved his freedom. Douglass' eloquence gives a clear indication of the powerful principles that led him to become the first great African-American leader in the United States. The personal account of a fugitive slave's privation and sufferings and his campaigns for Negro emancipation. This dramatic autobiography of the early life of an American slave was first published in 1845, when its young author had just achieved his freedom. Douglass' eloquence gives a clear indication of the powerful principles that led him to become the first great Afro-American leader in the United States
Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln : a relationship in language, politics, and memory by David W Blight( )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dark passages( Visual )

10 editions published between 1990 and 2018 in English and held by 534 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
Atlas of the transatlantic slave trade by David Eltis( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Between 1501 and 1867, the transatlantic slave trade claimed an estimated 12.5 million Africans and involved almost every country with an Atlantic coastline. In this extraordinary book, two leading historians have created the first comprehensive, up-to-date atlas on this 350-year history of kidnapping and coercion. It features nearly 200 maps, especially created for the volume, that explore every detail of the African slave traffic to the New World
Beyond the battlefield : race, memory & the American Civil War by David W Blight( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 480 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 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Souls of Black Folk is a classic work of American literature by W. E. B. Du Bois. It is a seminal work in the history of sociology, and a cornerstone of African-American literary history. To develop this groundbreaking work, Du Bois drew from his own experiences as an African-American in the American society. Outside of its notable relevance in African-American history, The Souls of Black Folk also holds an important place in social science as one of the early works in the field of sociology."--Amazon.com
Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave : with related documents by Frederick Douglass( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume is a memoir written by famous American orator and ex-slave, Frederick Douglass (1818-1895). This work is generally held to be the most famous of a number of narratives written by former slaves during the same period. In factual detail, the text describes the events of Douglass' life and is considered to be one of the most influential pieces of literature to fuel the abolitionist movement of the early 19th century in the United States, recounting Douglass' life as a slave and his ambition to become a free man
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 339 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
My bondage and my freedom by Frederick Douglass( Book )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 280 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
 
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Race and reunion : the Civil War in American memory
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American oracle : the Civil War in the civil rights eraWhy the Civil War cameA slave no more : two men who escaped to freedom : including their own narratives of emancipationPassages to freedom : the Underground Railroad in history and memoryUnion & emancipation : essays on politics and race in the Civil War eraFrederick Douglass' Civil War : keeping faith in jubileeThe 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 eloquenceNarrative of the life of Frederick Douglass : an American slave
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

ديفيد دبليو بلايت مؤرخ أمريكي

Languages
English (191)

Polish (1)