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President Obama to Award 2014 National Humanities Medal to Professor Higginbotham

President Obama to Award 2014 National Humanities Medal to Professor Higginbotham

September 3, 2015

WASHINGTON (September 3, 2015) — The White House today announced the distinguished recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal. The awardees include historians, writers, a philosopher, scholar, preservationist, food activist and an education course. President Barack Obama will confer the medal in a September 10 ceremony in the East Room. The First Lady will also attend.

The Heroic Slave: A Cultural and Critical Edition - Frederick Douglass; Edited by AAAS Professor John Stauffer, Robert S. Levine, and John R. McKivigan

The Heroic Slave: A Cultural and Critical Edition - Frederick Douglass; Edited by AAAS Professor John Stauffer, Robert S. Levine, and John R. McKivigan

March 16, 2015

First published nearly a decade prior to the Civil War, The Heroic Slave is the only fictional work by abolitionist, orator, author, and social reformer Frederick Douglass, himself a former slave. It is inspired by the true story of Madison Washington, who, along with eighteen others, took control of the slave ship Creole in November 1841 and sailed it to Nassau in the British colony of the Bahamas, where they could live free.