Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom David Blight in Conversation with James Oakes

APR 15, 2019 | 6:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


1201: Elebash Recital Hall


April 15, 2019: 6:30 PM


Free; Reservations Required


Public Programs


Reservations are full. This event will be LIVE-STREAMED.

Two leading historians of the Civil War era, David Blight (Yale) and James Oakes (The Graduate Center), discuss Blight’s acclaimed book Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom. In the first major biography of Douglass in nearly three decades, Blight gives the most comprehensive and humanizing portrait of the great abolitionist to date. Naming it one of the 10 Best Books of 2018, The New York Times called it a “monumental work about a monumental figure” and noted that “Blight’s detailed, cinematic biography is the result of a lifetime of engagement with his subject.”
Presented with the Leon Levy Center for Biography.