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April 11, 2008
Contact: Lisa Hall, Department of African and African-American Studies, (785) 864-3054.

Award-winning historian of slavery to give lecture at KU

LAWRENCE — The Department of African and African-American Studies and the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas are sponsoring a lecture by David W. Blight titled “A Slave No More: Two Recently Discovered Narratives and the Story of Emancipation” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Dole Institute.

David W. Blight is the Class of 1954 Professor of American History and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale University. Following the free, public lecture, there will be a reception and book signing.

Blight is the author of “A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Narratives of Emancipation” (Harcourt, 2007), from which he will draw his lecture. He is also the author of “Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory” (Harvard University Press, 2001), which received eight book awards, including the Bancroft Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Prize and the Frederick Douglass Prize. His other published works include a book of essays, “Beyond the Battlefield: Race, Memory and the American Civil War,” and “Frederick Douglass’s Civil War: Keeping Faith in Jubilee.”

Blight is the editor of six books, including “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave” and “W. E. B. Du Bois’s ‘The Souls of Black Folk,’ ” which he co-edited with Robert Gooding-Williams.

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