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A small nation of people : W.E.B. Du Bois and African-American portraits of progress

Author: David L Lewis; Deborah Willis; Library of Congress.; Daniel Murray Collection (Library of Congress)
Publisher: New York : Amistad, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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As the world prepared for the Exposition Universalle de 1900 in Paris, W.E.B. Du Bois was approached to help represent African American life. He came with a cache of stunning photographs to illustrate the progress of Negroes in America-thereby offering a photographic counterpoint to the prolific stereotyping of blacks that left viewers awestruck. With insights from Pulitzer Prize winner David Levering Lewis and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Pictorial works
Portraits
Named Person: W E B Du Bois; W E B Du Bois; William E B Du Bois
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David L Lewis; Deborah Willis; Library of Congress.; Daniel Murray Collection (Library of Congress)
ISBN: 0060523425 9780060523428 0060817569 9780060817565
OCLC Number: 51855249
Notes: Includes 150 of the photographs that W.E.B. Du Bois included in his display on African Americans in Georgia exhibited at the 1900 Paris Exposition. These photographs are part of the Daniel Murray Collection at the Library of Congress.
Description: 208 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: A small nation of people : W.E.B. Du Bois and Black Americans at the turn of the twentieth century / by David Levering Lewis --
The sociologist's eye : W.E.B. Du Bois and the Paris Exposition / by Deborah Willis --
Photographs.
Responsibility: the Library of Congress ; with essays by David Levering Lewis and Deborah Willis.
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As the world prepared for the Exposition Universalle de 1900 in Paris, W.E.B. Du Bois was approached to help represent African American life. He came with a cache of stunning photographs to illustrate the progress of Negroes in America-thereby offering a photographic counterpoint to the prolific stereotyping of blacks that left viewers awestruck. With insights from Pulitzer Prize winner David Levering Lewis and Mac-Arthur Fellow photo historian Deborah Willis, A Small Nation of People presents more than one hundred and fifty of these important photographs together for the first time since their initial unveiling. Here is an incredible treasure trove of illustrations of African Americans in front of their new businesses, universities, and homes-sometimes modest, sometimes elegant. Here, too, are beautiful Victorian-era portraits of blacks whose varied hues show how diverse black Americans truly were. Viewed together, the collection reveals in glorious detail what Du Bois saw-a small nation of people prepared to make their mark on America.

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