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    Writings of Frederick Douglass

    Guests examined the history of slavery and freedom in 19th century America through the life and writings of Frederick Douglass. After escaping slavery, Douglass wrote Narrative of the Life…

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    Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory

    Dr. Blight talked about his book Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, published by Harvard University Press. In his lecture, Mr. Blight explored the relationship between…

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    Frederick Douglass Book Prize Dinner

    Officials of the Gilder Lehrman Institute presented the Frederick Douglass Book Prize for the best book of the year on the history of slavery. This year’s winner, David Blight, is the…

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    North to Freedom

    Fred Morsell portrayed Frederick Douglass and answered questions from the audience as Douglass might have. He focused on the hypocrisy of a nation which celebrated liberty yet held black…

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    The Dilemma of Interpretation

    History professors discussed the origins of the Civil War and a variety of other issues. They spoke about changing historical interpretations up to the present day and political issues…

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    Civil War Commemoration

    Mr. Blight was part of a Civil War Symposium hosted by the National Park Service. He spoke about the National Park Service’s role in interpreting and preserving facts about the Civil War. Among…

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    Battlefields and Civil War Memory

    The participants engaged both issues of the Civil War itself, as well as the subsequent fascination with the war amongst Americans. This is an incomplete program.

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