American oracle? Remembering the civil war in the civil rights era

Wednesday 16th October 2013 (18:00-19:00)

Please join us to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement, and the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, with a talk about the memory of the war during civil rights. David Blight is one of the world’s leading historians and an expert on the history of the American Civil War and its legacy, as well as slavery and emancipation. He is professor of American History at Yale University and director of Yale’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. Professor Blight is the author of American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era (2011); A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Narratives of Emancipation (2007); Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory (2001), which received eight major book awards, including the Bancroft Prize, and author or editor of eight other books.

He is currently writing a new, full biography of Frederick Douglass that will be published in 2015. He is president of the Society of American Historians and also works in many capacities in the world of public history, including as an advisor to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York. In 2012, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and delivered an induction address, “The Pleasure and Pain of History.”  In 2013-14 he will be the William Pitt Professor of American History at Cambridge University. For more information please contact

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American oracle remembering the civil war in the civil rights era