'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)
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.