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Blight, David W.

Works: 96 works in 304 publications in 2 languages and 24,772 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Autobiographies  Slave narratives  Local history  Essays  Genealogy  Biographies  Maps  Nonfiction television programs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Author of introduction, Other, Contributor
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 )

31 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and Polish and held by 2,822 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
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 2,173 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
Why the Civil War came by G. S Boritt( )

13 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 2,170 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
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 2,164 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
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 1,978 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 1,840 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Few things have defined America as much as slavery. In the wake of emancipation the story of the Underground Railroad has become a seemingly irresistible part of American historical consciousness. This stirring drama is one Americans have needed to tell and retell and pass onto their children. But just how much of the Underground Railroad is real, how much legend and mythology, how much invention? Passages to Freedom sets out to answer this question and place it within the context of slavery, emancipation, and its aftermath."
Union & emancipation : essays on politics and race in the Civil War era( )

8 editions published between 1997 and 2007 in English and held by 1,260 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 1,154 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
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 1,073 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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( )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 862 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 pieces by Washington, Franklin, Milton, Socrates, and Cicero, as well as heroic poetry and dramatic dialogues. Augmenting these is an essay on effective public speaking which influenced Abraham Lincoln as a young politician. As America experiences a resurgence of interest in the art of debating and oratory, The Columbian Orator--whether as historical artifact or contemporary guidebook--is one of those rare books to be valued for what it meant in its own time, and for how its ideas have endured. Above all, this book is a remarkable compilation of Enlightenment era thought and language that has stood the test of time. -- Publisher description
Dark Passages( Visual )

9 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in English and held by 833 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
Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass : an American slave by Frederick Douglass( Book )

11 editions published between 1993 and 2017 in English and held by 788 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 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 721 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Atlas of the transatlantic slave trade by David Eltis( )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 489 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.-publisher description
Beyond the battlefield : race, memory & the American Civil War by David W Blight( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 479 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 467 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."
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 449 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 347 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 286 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 162 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
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Race and reunion : the Civil War in American memory
Why the Civil War cameAmerican oracle : the Civil War in the civil rights eraA 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

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