David Blight wins Anisfield-Wolf book award
David Blight is the winner of a 2012 Anisfield-Wolf book award for “American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era.” The book is an intellectual history of Civil War memory, rooted in the work of Robert Penn Warren, Bruce Catton, Edmund Wilson, and James Baldwin.
Blight, the Class of 1954 Professor of American History, is the director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition.
The Anisfield-Wolf Awards recognize books “that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures.” Cleveland poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf established the book prizes in 1935, in honor of her father, John Anisfield, and husband, Eugene Wolf, to reflect her family’s passion for issues of social justice. Today it remains the only American book prize focusing on works that address racism and diversity.