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David Blight

David Blight

Keynote Speaker: Professor of American History, Yale University; Director of the Gilder-Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition

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David Blight Biography

David W. Blight is Sterling Professor of History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. He previously taught at North Central College in Illinois, at Harvard University, and at Amherst College.

In October of 2018, Simon and Schuster published his new biography of Frederick Douglass, entitled, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, which has won over seven book awards including the Pulitzer Prize in History, the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, the Bancroft Prize for History, and the Francis Parkman Prize.

Blight is also the author of “Frederick Douglass's Civil War: Keeping Faith in Jubilee” (1989); “Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory” (2001), which garnered eight book awards including the Bancroft Prize, the Merle Curti Award, the Abraham Lincoln Prize and the Frederick Douglass Prize; A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Narratives of “Emancipation” (2008), which won the Connecticut book award for best book in non-fiction; and “American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era” (2011), which won the Aniston-Wolf Prize in non-fiction for best book on race and racism. He has edited some six books, including editions of Frederick Douglass's Narrative and “My Bondage and My Freedom”; W. E. B. Du Bois's “The Souls of Black Folk”; and Robert Penn Warren's “Who Speaks for the Negro”.

Blight is featured in many documentary films on American history on PBS, the BBC, and other networks. He wrote one of the chapters for the book, To Dream A World Anew: A History of the African American People, a companion volume for the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. He writes frequently for the popular press, including the Atlantic, the New York Times, and many other journals. Blight was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012. His lecture course on the Civil War and Reconstruction Era at Yale can be found online.

Blight has always been a teacher first. At the beginning of his career, he spent seven years as a high school history teacher in his hometown of Flint, Michigan. He was an undergraduate at Michigan State University and did his Ph. D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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David Blight Videos

David W. Blight, "Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom"
David Blight - The Civil War in American Memory
Dr. David Blight, The Meaning of Emancipation in Civil War Memory

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David Blight is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including American History, Academics and Professors. The estimated speaking fee range to book David Blight for live events is Below $10,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. David Blight generally travels from New Haven, CT, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Julian E. Zelizer, Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor and Heather Cox Richardson. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling David Blight for an upcoming event.

David Blight Videos

David W. Blight, "Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom"
David Blight - The Civil War in American Memory
Dr. David Blight, The Meaning of Emancipation in Civil War Memory

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How to book David Blight?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like David Blight for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for David Blight, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for David Blight or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book David Blight?

Booking fees for David Blight, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire David Blight, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for David Blight?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like David Blight for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book David Blight for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent David Blight or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for David Blight or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


David Blight is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including American History, Academics and Professors. The estimated speaking fee range to book David Blight for live events is Below $10,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. David Blight generally travels from New Haven, CT, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Julian E. Zelizer, Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor and Heather Cox Richardson. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling David Blight for an upcoming event.

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