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Civil rights childhood picturing liberation in African American photobooks

Title
Civil rights childhood [electronic resource] : picturing liberation in African American photobooks / Katharine Capshaw.
ISBN
1452943699
9781452943695
9780816694044 (hardback : alkaline paper)
9780816694051 (paperback : alkaline paper)
Published
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2014. (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2015)
Physical Description
1 online resource (pages cm)
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Summary
"Childhood joy, pleasure, and creativity are not often associated with the civil rights movement. Their ties to the movement may have faded from historical memory, but these qualities received considerable photographic attention in that tumultuous era. Katharine Capshaw's Civil Rights Childhood reveals how the Black child has been--and continues to be--a social agent that demands change. Because children carry a compelling aura of human value and potential, images of African American children in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education had a powerful effect on the fight for civil rights. In the iconography of Emmett Till and the girls murdered in the 1963 Birmingham church bombings, Capshaw explores the function of children's photographic books and the image of the Black child in social justice campaigns for school integration and the civil rights movement. Drawing on works ranging from documentary photography, coffee-table and art books, and popular historical narratives and photographic picture books for the very young, Civil Rights Childhood sheds new light on images of the child and family that portrayed liberatory models of Blackness, but it also considers the role photographs played in the desire for consensus and closure with the rise of multiculturalism. Offering rich analysis, Capshaw recovers many obscure texts and photographs while at the same time placing major names like Langston Hughes, June Jordan, and Toni Morrison in dialogue with lesser-known writers. An important addition to thinking about representation and politics, Civil Rights Childhood ultimately shows how the photobook--and the aspirations of childhood itself--encourage cultural transformation"-- Provided by publisher.
Variant and related titles
UPCC book collections on Project MUSE.
Project MUSE - UPCC 2015 American Studies.
Project MUSE - UPCC 2015 Complete.
Project MUSE - UPCC 2015 Global Cultural Studies.
Format
Books / Online
Language
English
Added to Catalog
February 06, 2015
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
Friendship, Sympathy, Social Change
Pictures and Nonfiction : Conduct and Coffee Tables
Today : Framing Freedom in Mississippi
The Black Arts Movement : Childhood as Liberatory Process
Blurring the Childhood Image : Representations of the Civil Rights Narrative
Conclusion: A Text for Trayvon.
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