Episode 1

David Blight on the Historian's Craft and the Legal Profession

Prof. David Blight is Sterling Professor of American History at Yale University. Prof. Blight is one of the world's leading experts on the American Civil War and Frederick Douglass. He won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Bancroft Prize in 2019 for his most recent book, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom. His 2001 book Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory won the Bancroft Prize.

Prof. Blight joins Jon and Rob to talk about how historical research can inform the legal profession and his career as a leading light in the American academy.

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The Yale Law School Federalist Society Podcast

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Jonathan Feld

Jonathan Feld is the Public Affairs Officer on the Federalist Society's First-Year Board. Before law school, he was the research assistant in the President’s Office of the American Enterprise Institute. He holds degrees from Cambridge and Princeton.

You can find him wasting his time on Twitter at @JonathanFeld.
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Zack Austin

Zack Austin is the President of the Yale Federalist Society. During law school, he worked for the US Attorney for the District of Connecticut and the Solicitor General of Ohio. Before law school, he worked on the WWI Centennial Commission and at the American Enterprise Institute.