The Face of Our Past: Images of Black Women from Colonial America to the Present

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Ordinary black women, more than any other group in America, have been left out of history. As Darlene Clark Hine points out in her introduction to this powerful and affecting book, "disseminating a visual history is more important with Black women, perhaps, than with any other single segment of the American population. We know all too well what this society believes black women look like. The stereotypes abound, from the Mammy to the maid, from the tragic mulatto to the dark temptress. America's perceptions of ...

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Ordinary black women, more than any other group in America, have been left out of history. As Darlene Clark Hine points out in her introduction to this powerful and affecting book, "disseminating a visual history is more important with Black women, perhaps, than with any other single segment of the American population. We know all too well what this society believes black women look like. The stereotypes abound, from the Mammy to the maid, from the tragic mulatto to the dark temptress. America's perceptions of Black women are colored by a host of derogatory images and assumptions that proliferated in the aftermath of slavery and, with some permutations, exist even today. We have witnessed the distortion of the image of black women in movies and on television. We have seen black women's faces and bodies shamed and exploited. What we have not seen is the simple truth of their lives. This book will help to eradicate, or at least to dislodge, the many negative and dehumanizing stereotypes and caricatures of Black women that inhabit our consciousness.

What do black women look like? What do they look like at work or with their families? What faces do they choose to present to the world, and what faces has the world forced them to acquire? We can look in vain to most pictorial histories of America and even of African America for images of Black women. With noteworthy exceptions, even scholarly studies in Black women's history tend to include few, if any, photographic images. Of the images that previously have been presented in print, the majority have been of famous Black women.

The Face of Our Past brings the ordinary Black woman to center stage, showing how she lives, loves her family, works to survive, fights for her people, and expresses her individuality. In addition to 302 cartefully chosen images, Kathleen Thompson and Hilary Mac Austin provide quotations from letters, diaries, journals, and other sources

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Emerge
....an eloquent rebuttal to the stereotypes and distorted media images that have plagued black women throughtout history.
Clarencetta Jelks
Kathleen Thompson and Hilary Mac Austin are indeed dedicated to their subject matter....women in American history. The Face of Our Past: Images of Black Women From Colonial America to the Present is a testimony to this. More than 300 photographs and engravings cover hundreds of years. They show dignity through the degradation of slavery, authenticate cultural traditions and validate the inner strength of the subjects. The collaboration of both authors defines the identity of the black woman: who she is, how we physically define her and what her role is in our history. The author's careful research through government and private archives, museums and family collections, as well as their use of notes, historical documentation and quotations, makes this a scholarly resource.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253336354
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 9.16 (w) x 12.26 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Hilary Mac Austin was a contributing writer to The Encyclopedia of Black Women in America. She was also the photo researcher for A Shining Thread of Hope: The History of Black Women in America. Other books where she has served as the primary photo researcher include Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia, and the forthcoming Irish American Desk Reference.

Kathleen Thompson has been writing about women for twenty-five years. Recently, she co-authored, with Darlene Clark Hine, A Shining Thread of Hope: The History of Black Women in America. She was editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Black Women and was a major contributor to Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia. She is also the author of the feminist classic Against Rape. She lives in Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction ix
Family Life 1
Work 29
Hair 75
Resistance 83
Class 127
Education 139
Religion and Community 161
Play 189
Inner Life 223
Archives and Collections 243
Image Sources 246
Text Sources 248
Illustration Credits 250
Index to Photographs and Quotations 257
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2000

    Awesome

    How a small book can contain so much power is mind boggling. Everytime I look at the photos I see something different, but the strength remains the same. It is an amazing and powerful book that all women should embrace. I anxiously await a sequel which will be hard to top. Would love to see a book of women who served in our military, even the ones who disquised themselves as men in order to fight along side the men..thanks for your devotion and foresight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2000

    A Never Ending Story

    A story of this magnitude comes along every once and awhile. A story that really tells it like it is. The truth. It's amazing just how similar our lives are regardless of the century. Our struggles continues, it's just a different day and a different time. One thing that is continuous, is the attitude to, never give up. I can relate to the struggles of black women all over the planet. We have been 'pegged' as the 'underdog' in main stream society, however, in that great 'getting' up morning, we will triumphant, overall. We still stand up for Jesus and we 'love our Lord'. We are truly the Queens of the Nile and God's mightly world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2000

    The Chills in My Spine

    I recently saw what this book was about on the Oprah Winfrey show and, like it says in the title, chills ran up and down my spine. When I saw the pictures that this wonderful book contained, I immediately teared up. As a young woman in America, I can certainly sympathize and understand the hardships that the women of the past went through and however strong the women of my generation are, we can only give credit and attribute our will to the women represented in this powerful and revealing book. Kathleen Thompson and Hilary Austin deserve a pat on the back, two thumbs up, and perhaps a high five from all women everywhere. Well done!

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