Seeing through Race: A Reinterpretation of Civil Rights Photography

Seeing through Race: A Reinterpretation of Civil Rights Photography

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by Martin A. Berger
     
 

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Seeing through Race is a boldly original reinterpretation of the iconic photographs of the black civil rights struggle. Martin A. Berger’s provocative and groundbreaking study shows how the very pictures credited with arousing white sympathy, and thereby paving the way for civil rights legislation, actually limited the scope of racial reform in the 1960s.…  See more details below

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Seeing through Race is a boldly original reinterpretation of the iconic photographs of the black civil rights struggle. Martin A. Berger’s provocative and groundbreaking study shows how the very pictures credited with arousing white sympathy, and thereby paving the way for civil rights legislation, actually limited the scope of racial reform in the 1960s. Berger analyzes many of these famous images—dogs and fire hoses turned against peaceful black marchers in Birmingham, tear gas and clubs wielded against voting-rights marchers in Selma—and argues that because white sympathy was dependent on photographs of powerless blacks, these unforgettable pictures undermined efforts to enact—or even imagine—reforms that threatened to upend the racial balance of power.

Editorial Reviews

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"Brilliant, provocative study of photographs of the US civil rights movement . . . . A first-rate book!"—Choice

"Fascinating. . . . Berger's historical reconstruction is convincing."—Burrelles Luce

"A comprehensive study of the language in which editors, reporters, and photographers shaped and demarcated the period's field of vision."—Caa Reviews

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“Brilliant, provocative study of photographs of the US civil rights movement . . . . A first-rate book!”
Burrelles Luce - Ariella Azoulay
“A comprehensive study of the language in which editors, reporters, and photographers shaped and demarcated the period’s field of vision.”
American Studies Journal - Lakesia D. Johnson
"A well-researched and nuanced analysis of iconic civil rights images. . . . A compelling work."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520948341
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/02/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
264
File size:
5 MB

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From the Publisher
"Brilliant, provocative study of photographs of the US civil rights movement . . . . A first-rate book!"—Choice

"Fascinating. . . . Berger's historical reconstruction is convincing."—Burrelles Luce

Meet the Author

Martin A. Berger is Professor and Director of the Visual Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author of Man Made: Thomas Eakins and the Construction of Gilded Age Manhood and Sight Unseen: Whiteness and American Visual Culture, both from UC Press. David J. Garrow is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

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