David Blight, "The Origins and Meaning of the 14th Amendment in the Civil War and Reconstruction"

As part of the Sewanee Symposium, David Blight presents "The Origins and Meaning of the 14th Amendment in the Civil War and Reconstruction." The symposium marks the 150th anniversary of Tennessee’s landmark approval of the Fourteenth Amendment by bringing together some of the nation’s leading historians, constitutional scholars, lawyers, and judges to reflect on the Amendment’s future in light of its past.

David W. Blight is professor of American history at Yale University and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. He is the author of numerous influential works in the history of race, the Civil War, and Reconstruction, including Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory (2001), winner of the Bancroft Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Prize. Historical memory also inspired his most recent book American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era (2013), which investigates the centennial of the Civil War in the works and minds of writers Robert Penn Warren, Bruce Catton, Edmund Wilson, and James Baldwin. Blight’s current project, a full biography of Frederick Douglass, continues his previous scholarship on the former slave and American intellectual.


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