Sunday June 16, 2013 from 3pm to 6pm, Celebrate Juneteenth with the Authors of Envisioning Emancipation; Black Americans and the End of Slavery
Book Signing & Talk
With the Authors of Envisioning Emancipation; Black Americans and the End of Slavery by Deborah Willis and Barbara Krauthamer
Free & Open to the Public
Deborah Willis, leading historian and curator of African American photography and culture, is Chair and Professor of Photography and Imaging at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Her most recent books are Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present and Black Venus 2010: They Called Her “Hottentot”(Temple).
Barbara Krauthamer is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is the author of Black Slaves, Indian Masters: Slavery, Emancipation, and Citizenship in the Native American South as well as many articles and essays on the history of slavery and emancipation.
Envisioning Emancipation Black Americans and the End of Slavery
What freedom looked like for Black Americans in the Civil War era
In their pioneering book, Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery(Publication Date: January 1, 2013), renowned photographic historian Deborah Willis and historian of slavery Barbara Krauthamer have amassed 150 photographs—some never before published—from the antebellum days of the 1850s through the New Deal era of the 1930s. The authors vividly display the seismic impact of emancipation on African Americans born before and after the Proclamation, providing a perspective on freedom and slavery and a way to understand the photos as documents of engagement, action, struggle, and aspiration.
Envisioning Emancipation illustrates what freedom looked like for black Americans in the Civil War era. From photos of the enslaved on plantations and African American soldiers and camp workers in the Union Army to Juneteenth celebrations, slave reunions, and portraits of black families and workers in the American South, the images in this book challenge perceptions of slavery. They show not only what the subjects emphasized about themselves but also the ways Americans of all colors and genders opposed slavery and marked its end.
Filled with powerful images of lives too often ignored or erased from historical records, Envisioning Emancipation provides a new perspective on American culture.