American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era and Our Own Time
A Yale historian will visit the University of Mississippi Nov. 16 to share his insights on Civil War remembrance as part of the Gilder-Jordan Speaker Series in Southern Cultural History. David Blight will discuss his latest book, “American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era,” and plans to focus on the hold that the Civil War still has on American imagination, with his lecture, “American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era in Our Own Time.”
Blight is a Class of 1954 Professor of American History at Yale University. Before joining the Yale faculty in 2003, he taught at Amherst College for 13 years. In 2010-11, he was the Rogers Distinguished Fellow in Nineteenth Century American History at the Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif.
As director of Yale’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, Blight has written and edited works about Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois and the underground railroad in addition to Race and Reunion: the Civil War in American Memory (2001). In 2013, his biography, Frederick Douglass: A Life will be published by Simon and Schuster.
Blight, David and Neff, John, "American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era and Our Own Time" (2011). Gilder-Jordan Lecture in Southern Cultural History. 12.
In addition to his lecture, Blight also recorded an interview with John Neff, Professor of History at the University of Mississippi.