About the Author
David W. Blight is Class of 1959 Professor of History and Black Studies at Amherst College. Since receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1985, he has written Frederick Douglass's Civil War: Keeping Faith in Jubilee (1989) and Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory (2001). Blight has also edited or co-edited five books, including When This Cruel War Is Over: The Civil War Letters of Charles Harvey Brewster (1992); Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave (1993), and W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk (1997). Blight has also written many articles on abolitionism, American historical memory, and African American intellectual and cultural history.