12 Million Black Voices

12 Million Black Voices

by Richard Wright
     
 

ISBN-10: 1560254467

ISBN-13: 9781560254461

Pub. Date: 12/05/2002

Publisher: Basic Books


12 Million Black Voices, first published in 1941, combines Wright's prose with startling photographs selected by Edwin Rosskam from the Security Farm Administration files compiled during the Great Depression. The photographs include works by such giants as Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, and Arthur Rothstein. From crowded, rundown farm shacks to Harlem storefront…  See more details below

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12 Million Black Voices, first published in 1941, combines Wright's prose with startling photographs selected by Edwin Rosskam from the Security Farm Administration files compiled during the Great Depression. The photographs include works by such giants as Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, and Arthur Rothstein. From crowded, rundown farm shacks to Harlem storefront churches, the photos depict the lives of black people in 1930s America—their misery and weariness under rural poverty, their spiritual strength, and their lives in northern ghettos. Wright's accompanying text eloquently narrates the story of these 90 pictures and delivers a powerful commentary on the origins and history of black oppression in this country. Also included are new prefaces by Douglas Brinkley, Noel Ignatiev, and Michael Eric Dyson. "Among all the works of Wright, 12 Million Black Voices stands out as a work of poetry, ... passion, ... and of love."—David Bradley "A more eloquent statement of its kind could hardly have been devised."—The New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560254461
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
12/05/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
515,589
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Preface
Pt. 1Our Strange Birth9
Pt. 2Inheritors of Slavery29
Pt. 3Death on the City Pavements91
Pt. 4Men in the Making141
About the Photographs149

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