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12 million black voices

Author: Richard Wright; Edwin Rosskam; United States. Farm Security Administration.
Publisher: New York : Thunder's Mouth Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Pictorial works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Wright; Edwin Rosskam; United States. Farm Security Administration.
ISBN: 1560254467 9781560254461
OCLC Number: 51523421
Notes: Originally published: New York : Viking Press, 1941. With new foreword.
Photographs chiefly collected from the files of the Farm Security Administration.
Description: xxi, 10-152 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Foreword / by Noel Ignatiev --
Introduction / by David Bradley --
Preface --
Part one : Our strange birth --
Part two : Inheritors of slavery --
Part three : Death on the city pavements --
Part four : Men in the making --
About the photographs.
Other Titles: Twelve million black voices
Responsibility: text by Richard Wright ; photo direction by Edwin Rosskam.
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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. - Publisher.

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