12 Million Black Voices

12 Million Black Voices

by Richard Wright, Edwin Rosskam
     
 

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12 Million Black Voices, first published in 1941, brilliantly captures the lives of black people in America during the Great Depression. By combining the powerful prose of Richard Wright with startling photographs by Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and Arthur Rothstein, this book poignantly depicts the lives of black people during that era, from crowded, run-down farm

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12 Million Black Voices, first published in 1941, brilliantly captures the lives of black people in America during the Great Depression. By combining the powerful prose of Richard Wright with startling photographs by Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and Arthur Rothstein, this book poignantly depicts the lives of black people during that era, from crowded, run-down farm shacks to Harlem storefront churches.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This long-out-of-print photographic documentary was first published in 1941. The excellent black-and-white picturesby such renowned photographers as Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Ben Shahn et al. and culled from the Farm Security Administration files compiled during the Depressioncapture the wretchedness of Southern rural shantytown and urban ghetto, but also reveal a people's unstinting, stately determination to survive with mind, body and dignity intact. Wright's (Native Son) text is a denunciation of American bigotry directed at the national conscience. He discusses each phase of black American social evolution: the horrors of the slave trade; the degradation of plantation life; the lynchings and violence after Reconstruction; and the great migration of blacks to Northern cities following World War I. Wright anchors his economic analyses to profiles of individual lives, providing a sense of the obstacles black families faced simply to stay together. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560252474
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.86(w) x 9.94(h) x 0.41(d)

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