David W. Blight


Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Blight is director of the Gilder Lehrman Institute on American History of professor of American History at Yale. He has also won the Bancroft Prize, the Frederick Douglass Prize and the Lincoln Prize. His biography Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom won the Pulitzer Prize for History, the Lukas Prize, Plutarch Biography Prize, the Parkman Prize, and it was named one of the ten best books of the year by the New York Times and also appeared on Barack Obama’s list of favorites for 2018.  A documentary film based on the book was nominated for an Emmy Award, and feature length film about Douglass is under option to Higher Ground.  He’s writing a biography of James WeldonJ ohnson for Simon & Schuster.

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Winner of the LA Book Prize for Biography; NYT Top Ten Books of 2018; WSJ Best Books of the Year 2018; Obama list of favorites; Winner of the Lincoln Prize; Finalist for the Plutarch Biography Prize, Lukas Prize; Winner of the Bancroft Prize 2019; Winner of the Parkman Prize; Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History 2019
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