David Blight: Gods and Devils Aplenty: Robert Penn Warren’s Civil War

Watch video of the talk “Gods and Devils Aplenty: Robert Penn Warren’s Civil War,” by David Blight.

Blight, professor of American history and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale University, delivered the Harry C. Howard Jr. Lecture March 24. Blight recently authored A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Narratives of Emancipation. His current book project is on the U.S. Civil War sesquicentennial related to Robert Penn Warren’s The Legacy of the Civil War. This lecture is sponsored by the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities.

U.S. Civil War scholars from across the nation are speaking at Vanderbilt University this spring on a variety of themes, including the war’s impact on Nashville, during a series of public lectures.

The talks, sponsored by the university’s College of Arts and Science, take place during the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War and the presidential inauguration of Abraham Lincoln. The lectures are in conjunction with an interdisciplinary undergraduate course on the Civil War co-taught by Richard Blackett, the Andrew Jackson Professor of History, and Michael Kreyling, the Gertrude Conway Vanderbilt Professor of English.