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Through a rich interpretation of the remarkable photographs W. E. B. Du Bois compiled for the American Negro Exhibit at the 1900 Paris Exposition, Shawn Michelle Smith reveals the visual dimension of the color line that Du Bois famously called andldquo;the problem of the twentieth century.andrdquo; Du Boisandrsquo;s prize-winning exhibit consisted of three albums together containing 363 black-and-white photographs, mostly of middle-class African Americans from Atlanta and other parts of Georgia. Smith provides an extensive analysis of the images, the antiracist message Du Bois conveyed by collecting and displaying them, and their connection to his critical thought. She contends that Du Bois was an early visual theorist of race and racism and demonstrates how such an understanding makes the important concepts he developedandmdash;including double consciousness, the color line, the Veil, and second sightandmdash;available to visual culture and African American studies scholars in powerful new ways.

Smith reads Du Boisandrsquo;s photographs in relation to other turn-of-the-century images such as scientific typologies, criminal mugshots, racist caricatures, and lynching photographs. By juxtaposing these images with reproductions from Du Boisandrsquo;s exhibition archive, Smith shows how Du Bois deliberately challenged racist representations of African Americans. Emphasizing the importance of comparing multiple visual archives, Photography on the Color Line reinvigorates understandings of the stakes of representation and the fundamental connections between race and visual culture in the United States.

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An exploration of the visual meaning of the color line and racial politics through the analysis of archival photographs collected by W.E.B. Du Bois and exhibited at the Paris Exposition of 1900.

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Runaway slave Sojourner Truth gained fame in the nineteenth century as an abolitionist, feminist, and orator and earned a living partly by selling cartes de visite of herself at lectures and by mail. Cartes de visite, similar in format to calling cards, were collectible novelties that quickly became a new mode of mass communication. Despite being illiterate, Truth copyrighted her prints in her name and added the caption and#147;I Sell the Shadow to Support the Substance. Sojourner Truth.and#8221;

Featuring the largest collection of Truthand#8217;s photographs ever published, Enduring Truths is the first book to explore how she used her image, the press, the postal service, and copyright laws to support her activism and herself. Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby establishes a range of important contexts for Truthand#8217;s images, including the significance of a sitter copyrighting her photographic portrait in her name, the shared politics of Truthand#8217;s cartes de visite and federal paper bank notes newly created to fund the Union cause, and the ways that photochemical limitations complicated the portrayal of different skin tones. Insightful and powerful, Enduring Truths shows how Truth made her photographic portrait worth money in order to end slaveryand#151;and also became the strategic author of her public self.

About the Author

Shawn Michelle Smith is Associate Professor of American Studies at Saint Louis University. She is the author of American Archives: Gender, Race, and Class in Visual Culture.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I Early Cartes de Visite1 Truth in Indiana (1861)

2 Truth as Libyan Sibyl

3 Truth in Michigan (1863)

Part II Shadows and Substance

4 Truthandrsquo;s Captioned Cartes de Visite (after 1864)

5 Shadows and Chemistry

Part III Texts and Circulating Paper

6 Truthandrsquo;s Illiteracy

7 Truthandrsquo;s Copyright

8 Money and the Civil War

Part IV Collecting and the Late Photographs

9 Album Politics

10 Truthandrsquo;s Last Portraits (1881andndash;82)

Notes

Index

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780822333432
Author:
Smith, Shawn Michelle
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Grigsby, Darcy Grimaldo
Location:
Durham
Subject:
General
Subject:
Photography
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Portraits
Subject:
Photoessays & Documentaries
Subject:
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions - General
Subject:
United States Race relations.
Subject:
African Americans--Race identity
Subject:
Portraits
Subject:
PHOTOGRAPHY / General
Subject:
African American Studies
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
John Hope Franklin Center Books
Series Volume:
#16
Publication Date:
20040631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
131 color plates, 26 halftones
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.5 x 11 in

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An exploration of the visual meaning of the color line and racial politics through the analysis of archival photographs collected by W.E.B. Du Bois and exhibited at the Paris Exposition of 1900.
"Synopsis" by ,
Runaway slave Sojourner Truth gained fame in the nineteenth century as an abolitionist, feminist, and orator and earned a living partly by selling cartes de visite of herself at lectures and by mail. Cartes de visite, similar in format to calling cards, were collectible novelties that quickly became a new mode of mass communication. Despite being illiterate, Truth copyrighted her prints in her name and added the caption and#147;I Sell the Shadow to Support the Substance. Sojourner Truth.and#8221;

Featuring the largest collection of Truthand#8217;s photographs ever published, Enduring Truths is the first book to explore how she used her image, the press, the postal service, and copyright laws to support her activism and herself. Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby establishes a range of important contexts for Truthand#8217;s images, including the significance of a sitter copyrighting her photographic portrait in her name, the shared politics of Truthand#8217;s cartes de visite and federal paper bank notes newly created to fund the Union cause, and the ways that photochemical limitations complicated the portrayal of different skin tones. Insightful and powerful, Enduring Truths shows how Truth made her photographic portrait worth money in order to end slaveryand#151;and also became the strategic author of her public self.

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