This week, historian and author David W. Blight talks with scholar Keidrick Roy about the work and legacy of Frederick Douglass. Blight edited the recently published collection of Douglass’s public writings from the Library of America. This edition is the largest single-volume selection of Douglass’s writings ever published, including 34 speeches and 67 pieces of journalism.
This episode is presented in conjunction with the American Writers Museum’s new exhibit Dark Testament: A Century of Black Writers on Justice, on which Keidrick Roy served as lead curator. The immersive exhibit is now open to the public and is included with admission. The American Writers Museum is open Thursday through Monday from 10 am to 5 pm.
This conversation originally took place May 15, 2022 at the inaugural American Writers Festival and was recorded live.