Freedom: A Photographic History of the African American Struggle

Freedom: A Photographic History of the African American Struggle


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While the civil rights movement in America is officially recognized as the period between 1954 and 1968 (‘beginning’ on May 17, 1954 when the Supreme Court outlawed segregation in public schools, through to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968), the struggle actually began long before that. Slavery in the American colonies was protested against as far back as the seventeenth century, though it was not until the mid-nineteenth century that the resistance built momentum.

This photographic journey of the African American struggle for equality begins with abolitionists like Harriet Tubman, who escaped slavery in 1849 and then helped others to freedom, and continues to the present. Freedom chronicles the battle to eradicate slavery through the Civil War (1861-5) and, once slavery was officially outlawed, it traces the evolution of its dual legacy: segregation and racism. The struggle for equal rights involves small acts of personal bravery and sweeping proclamations of legal and moral import; it is the stuff of economics, war, tradition, despair, politics, hope, activism, vigilance and violence. It engages black and white, heroes and the unheralded, public acts of protest and private moments of introspection.

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ISBN-13: 9780714845173
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Publication date: 04/01/2005
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 9.92(w) x 11.28(h) x 1.98(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

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Freedom: A Photographic History of the African American Struggle 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
rocketjk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book with concise, illuminating text and astounding, infuriating, inspiring photographs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am falling in LOVE with this book....It is a must have for anyone that interested in the African-American experience, which is in essense the American experience. Excellent photography. This book rivals Deborah Willis' Reflections in Black.