A Photographic History of the African American Struggle
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|Format:||Paperback / softback, 512 pages|
|Other Information: ||Illustrations (some col.), ports. (some col.)|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 20 March 2005|
In the famous Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka case of 1954, the United States Supreme Court ruled that segregated schools violated the equal protection of the laws guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution. This decision marked a critical turning point in the American judicial system, which, since the Jim Crow Laws of the 1880s, had previously upheld the practice of segregation. The outcome of the Supreme Court case encouraged a growing challenge to segregation on all levels, thus creating a momentum that would, within a decade, lead to the Civil Rights and Voting Acts that definitively guaranteed African Americans equal protection under the law. The Civil Rights Movement itself, from 1954 to 1968, marked a climactic era in the struggle for political equal rights for African Americans. After World War II, the economic boom and America's advocacy of individual self-determination on the international scene made segregation in the United States more obsolete and even more unjustifiable. Through a combination of charismatic leadership and grass-root support, the period saw the revocation of the segregationist laws that had pervaded American society for two hundred years. However, this famous era marks neither the beginning nor the end of the African-American fight for equality, and this book tells, through photographs, the story of the struggle in its widest scope for the first time. From the bonds of slavery to Civil Rights, from the Deep South to the northern metropolis, from the Harlem Renaissance to the riots in South Central L.A., this book reveals the African-American struggle for equality from the first photographic records in the nineteenth century all the way to the present. The photographs reveal the journey in all its complexity and nuance. They cover the struggle in its many different aspects: political, social, economic, and cultural, showing the incredible courage and determination of people fighting for a common goal, as well as the internal conflicts and contradictions. It is a story that has sometimes been in the front lights, but more often in the shadows, and which has changed American society and touched the lives of millions. The selection of photographs presents milestone events, such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., through famous as well as rarely-seen images; it shows iconic figures such as W.E.B. Du Bois and Malcolm X in an unusual light; but it also includes a wide range of images of the everyday struggle and lives of the people, from the rural Deep South to the urban agglomerations of Chicago and Detroit, and to the very heart of modern African-American culture, Harlem. Renowned experts on the subject of African-American history Manning Marable and Leith Mullings give this book and its still highly controversial subject matter both thoughtful scholarship and unparalleled authority.
Table of Contents
Introduction * Chapter 1: 1840s to 1880s: The Struggle to Abolish Slavery * Chapter 2: 1890s to 1919: Disenfranchisement. The Struggle Against the Imposition of American Apartheid * Chapter 3: 1919 to 1954: The Making of Black Urban America * Chapter 4: 1954 to 1975: The Civil Rights Movement and Black Power * Chapter 5: Since 1975: The Struggle for Equal Participation in Democracy * Chronology * Index * Illustration Credits
Freedom breaks new ground as a complete and current photo-history of the African American struggle. It derives much of its success from the effective selection and visual placement of historical photographs, which are taken from numerous archives around the country and beyond. The full- and half-page images (both color and black-and-white) portray noted events, such as the sit-in demonstrations and Civil Rights marches, as well as important African Americans and relevant everyday scenes. Marable (director, Inst. for Research in African-American Studies, Columbia Univ.) and Mullings (anthropology, CUNY), who have written numerous texts on African American studies, here provide essays and expository captions that support each of the 546 images. The content of the book is arranged chronologically and grouped into five major periods: slavery and reconstruction, the formation of Jim Crow racism, the movement of blacks into the northern cities and labor markets, the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, and recent developments. A chronological summary makes it useful as a reference. This large volume, the most comprehensive of its kind, will provide a moving experience for any reader. Strongly recommended for every public and academic library.-Eric Linderman, East Cleveland P.L. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
'beautifully compiled - Major early figures, including Frederick Douglas and WEB Du Bois are captured - but it's the pictures of the ordinary folk struggling with dignity for basic rights in 'the land of the free' that burn themselves on to your retina.' Metro (London), March 2005 'A shocking compendium of both triumphant and desperately tragic images - Thoughtful and authoritative, this chronicle of determination and courage instantly absorbs the reader through the sheer wealth of fact and the beautiful reproduction of the prints. An important, compelling documentary.' Creative Review, December 2002 'fascinating' Daily Mail, 20 December 2002 'an enormous, engrossing, disturbing, and superbly produced book.' Church Times, 17 January 2003 'will enthral anyone interested in civil liberty, social anthropology, the politics of inequality or race relations.' Amateur Photographer, 15 February 2003
|Publisher: ||Phaidon Press Ltd|
|Dimensions: ||29.16 x 25.1 x 4.57 centimeters (2.97 kg)|