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David W. Blight is Class of 1954 Professor of American History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery and Abolition at Yale University. He previously taught at Amherst College and Harvard University, as well as seven years as a high school teacher in his hometown of Flint, Michigan. His books include an edition of Douglass’s second autobiography, My Bondage and My Freedom; American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era; Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory; the Bedford edition of W. E. B. DuBois’s The Souls of Black Folk with co-editor Robert Gooding-Williams; and Frederick Douglass’s Civil War: Keeping Faith in Jubilee. He is at work on a newfull life of Douglass.