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Tag Archives: David Blight

David W. Blight On Voter Suppression — Then And Now

For all the words we could pick to describe this election cycle, one word that most of us would agree on would be overwhelming. We've seen a record number of campaign contributions, more ads, and more news stories than any other election in recent memory.  One major topic has been the practice of voter suppression, long thought to be a relic of the 1950s. 2012 winner David W. Blight tackled the issue in a recent op-ed in the New York Times, giving us the example of Frederick Douglass' attempts to vote as a fugitive man—not quite free, not quite a slave: In 1840, and again in 1841, the former Frederick Bailey, now Frederick Douglass, walked a few blocks from his rented apartment on Ray Street in New Bedford, Mass., to the town hall, where he paid a local tax of $1.50 to register to... Read More →

The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards – Told Through Tweets

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Meet Our 2012 Winners!

“The 2012 Anisfield-Wolf winners reflect the complexity of the issues of race and cultural diversity in our world,” said Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at Harvard University, who serves as jury chair. “These books and the people who created them help us gain a deeper understanding of the need to respect both the humanity and individuality of one other.” Our 2012 winners are (click on any of the photos to read more on the authors): Esi Edugyan, Half-Blood Blues: A Novel, Fiction David Blight, American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era, Nonfiction David Livingstone Smith, Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others... Read More →
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