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Freedom: A Photographic History of the African American Struggle [Paperback]

Manning Marable , Leith Mullings
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April 1 2005
While the civil rights movement in America is officially recognized as the period between 1954-1968 ("beginning" on May 17, 1954 when the United States Supreme Court ruled on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, a decision that 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. The barbarity of 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 went on to help others to freedom, and continues to the present. This book chronicles the battle to eradicate slavery through the Civil War (1861-1865) and, then once slavery was officially outlawed, it traces the evolution of its dual!legacy#151;segregation and racism. The struggle for freedom and 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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'Freedom is a wonderful resource thanks to the sheer depth of information ... leaving readers with a sense of how far the country has come as well as how far it might go in matters of civil rights, race relations and mutual understanding.' (USA Today) 'An epic undertaking that pulls together imagery from the few extant daguerreotypes of African American abolitionists and slaves through the shattering images made during the civil rights movement.' (American Photo)

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Manning Marable is the Founding Director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University in New York City and the author of more than 15 books on the subject, including the highly acclaimed Black Leadership (1998). Leith Mullings is Presidential Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the author of several books on race, class and gender in African American communities. Sophie Spencer-Wood is a picture editor and researcher. She has worked with, among others, Colin Jacobson on Reportage magazine and been an assistant to Bruce Bernard on Phaidon's award-winning book, Century. Her other books include Gandhi and Family, both also published by Phaidon.

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This book is a gorgeous coffee-table volume. It is divided into sections by time periods beginning in the 1840s and continues to the present. Each chapter is introduced with an in-depth discussion of what was happening at that time, then moves to captioned photos. The book is large, 10"x12", and is presented on heavy, high quality paper; a pleasure to hold and look at! My only criticism is that readability was sacrificed for design. The type is very small and, therefore, difficult to read, and the caption reference number below each photo is mircoscopic. Also, even though I'm sure the photos were reproduced perfectly, some are hard to make out (what do I expect for 100+ year old photos!) I recommend this book whether you are interested in this subject, interested in photography or just love beautiful books.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freedom:Photographic History/African American Struggle Dec 13 2002
By Melanie Hovey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is a gorgeous coffee-table volume. It is divided into sections by time periods beginning in the 1840s and continues to the present. Each chapter is introduced with an in-depth discussion of what was happening at that time, then moves to captioned photos. The book is large, 10"x12", and is presented on heavy, high quality paper; a pleasure to hold and look at! My only criticism is that readability was sacrificed for design. The type is very small and, therefore, difficult to read, and the caption reference number below each photo is mircoscopic. Also, even though I'm sure the photos were reproduced perfectly, some are hard to make out (what do I expect for 100+ year old photos!) I recommend this book whether you are interested in this subject, interested in photography or just love beautiful books.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Book Feb. 1 2005
By Aisha Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is an absolutely gorgeous book, very comprehensive and tons of excellent pictures
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and Wonderful Book Jan. 11 2009
By R. West - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is a wonderful additon to my coffee table book collection. The photographs and historical information regarding the African American struggle for equality in America illustrates just how far African Americans have come in obtaining "freedom and justice for all". I highly recommend this book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Freedom (book) March 28 2014
By KATIE BLANDING - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I purchased this books as a gift for an event, and haven't opened the wrapper. I think it will be okay.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book. Feb. 18 2014
By valpip - Published on Amazon.com
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What great book of history. I bought it for my kids and they were very excited to read it. The pictures were just amazing. Great learning tool.
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