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Frederick Douglass and the Problem with American Democracy

Frederick Douglass and the Problem with American Democracy
Thursday, April 4, 2024
University and Whist Club
David W. Blight
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About this Event

During the Civil War era, abolitionist Frederick Douglass transformed from a ferocious critic of the American nation into its defender and advocate. Explore his transformation with scholar David W. Blight during the Friends of the University of Delaware Library’s Annual Dinner, and discover the lasting imprint Douglass made on how Americans imagine their democracy.

The event begins with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. During this time, books by Blight will be available for purchase through the UD Barnes and Noble Bookstore. Dinner will follow at 7 p.m., and the evening will conclude by 9 p.m. with a Q&A session with Blight.

Learn more about the menu and sponsorship opportunities on the registration page. Registration closes on March 22, 2024.

David W. Blight is a teacher, scholar and public historian. He is the Sterling Professor of History and the director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. Blight is the author or editor of a dozen books, including Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, a biography on the 19th-century abolitionist that has won nine book awards.

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