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The Resource Exposing slavery : photography, human bondage, and the birth of modern visual politics in America, Matthew Fox-Amato

Exposing slavery : photography, human bondage, and the birth of modern visual politics in America, Matthew Fox-Amato

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Exposing slavery : photography, human bondage, and the birth of modern visual politics in America
Title
Exposing slavery
Title remainder
photography, human bondage, and the birth of modern visual politics in America
Statement of responsibility
Matthew Fox-Amato
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Author
Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
"Within a few years of the invention of the first commercially successful photography process in 1839, American slaveholders had already begun commissioning photographic portraits of their slaves. Ex-slaves-turned-abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass also came to see how sitting for a portrait could help them project humanity and dignity amidst northern racism. In the first decade of the medium, enslaved people had begun entering southern daguerreotype saloons of their own volition, posing for cameras, and leaving with visual treasures they could keep in their pockets. And, as the Civil War raged, Union soldiers would orchestrate pictures with fugitive slaves that envisioned racial hierarchy as slavery fell. In these ways and others, photography powerfully influenced how bondage and freedom were documented, imagined, and contested. This book explores how photography altered, and was in turn shaped by, conflicts over bondage. Drawing upon an original source base that includes hundreds of unpublished and little-studied photographs of slaves, ex-slaves, and abolitionists as well as written archival materials, it puts visual culture at the center of understanding the experience of late slavery. It assesses how photography helped southerners to defend slavery, slaves to shape their social ties, abolitionists to strengthen their movement, and soldiers to imagine and pictorially enact an interracial society during the Civil War. With diverse goals, these peoples transformed photography from a scientific curiosity into a political tool. While this project sheds new light on conflicts over late American slavery, it also reveals a key moment in the much broader historical relationship between modern visual culture and racialized forms of power and resistance" --
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Fox-Amato, Matthew
Dewey number
306.3/6200222
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E449
LC item number
.F768 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Slaves
  • Slaves
  • Portrait photography
  • Photography
  • Photography
  • Portrait photography
  • Slaves
  • United States
  • Abolitionismus
  • Dokumentarfotografie
  • Fotografie
  • Sklave
  • Sklaverei
  • Sklaverei
  • USA
Label
Exposing slavery : photography, human bondage, and the birth of modern visual politics in America, Matthew Fox-Amato
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Policing personhood -- Enduring images -- Realizing abolition -- Domesticating freedom -- The photographic legacy of American slavery
Control code
1050457915
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 343 pages
Isbn
9780190663933
Lccn
2018024380
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1050457915
Label
Exposing slavery : photography, human bondage, and the birth of modern visual politics in America, Matthew Fox-Amato
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Policing personhood -- Enduring images -- Realizing abolition -- Domesticating freedom -- The photographic legacy of American slavery
Control code
1050457915
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 343 pages
Isbn
9780190663933
Lccn
2018024380
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1050457915

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