History Keynote: Biography Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom


October 19, 2019
1:00pm - 2:00pm


Church of the Covenant
67 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116

Boston Book Festival 2019

We are proud and honored to present historian David W. Blight to speak about his Pulitzer Prize–winning biography, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom. Blight’s biography is as remarkable as his subject. In vivid prose, he examines the life of one of American history’s towering figures: a former slave who achieved international fame as an abolitionist, author, orator, political philosopher, and women’s rights advocate. Douglass was a prophet for the destruction and rebirth of the nation, and he lived to see it happen. He also lived to see the promise of Emancipation betrayed by Reconstruction, Jim Crow laws, and the reign of terror against blacks. Join us to hear David W. Blight speak about the extraordinary life and genius of Frederick Douglass. After a brief talk, Blight will be interviewed by Harvard professor Elizabeth Hinton, author of From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime.


  • Elizabeth Hinton


  • David W. Blight

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Type of event: 

Partner Events

Learning area: 

Racial Equity