July 13, 2020
Yale historian David Blight says when he first saw a collection of family scrapbooks of the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass, he was astonished.
Blight had been fascinated by Frederick Douglass all of his life. He’d written a book and edited autobiographies about the escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day. But the scrapbooks offered new insights into Douglass’ life and eventually inspired Blight’s 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom.
The materials belonged to a collector, Dr. Walter Evans, and have recently been acquired by Yale’s Beinecke Library.
Connecticut Public Radio’s Morning Edition host, Diane Orson, spoke with David Blight.