Face of Our Past: Images of Black Women from Colonial America to the
Kathleen Thompson (Editor),
Hilary Mac Austin (Editor),
Hilary Austin (Editor),
Darlene Clark Hine (Introduction)
Hardcover - 224 pages
"It is wonderful to view the pictures
of these women. Their intelligence and kindness are evident in the photographs.
I am inspired by their stories and their brave hearts."
Carol Moseley Braun:
"This is a beautiful and important book.
It puts a face on the most faceless Americans, black women, and in so
doing gives honor to the universal human values those faces reflect."
Face of Our Past helps to make invisible women visible. Out
of African American and very particular lives, each woman looks with
universal human eyes."
author of a forthcoming
biography of Ida B. Wells: "History
for the eyes and heart."
Shining Thread of Hope by
Darlene Clark Hine,
Kathleen Thompson (Paperback
- January 5, 1999) Other Editions:
|This history of the experience of
black women opens with an account of the life of
Lucy Terry, who was brought as
a slave to
Deerfield, Massachusetts, when
she was a child in about 1735. At 16, Terry wrote a poem,
Bars Fight, the first work of literature
by a black American. Years later, married and free, Terry argued for
the admission of her son to Williams College and, when a white man tried
to take her family's land, she took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Terry's story is typical of those in A Shining Thread of Hope, which
brings together centuries of achievement by black women. As coauthors
Darlene Clark Hine and
Kathleen Thompson put it, "The
extraordinary achievements of black women in the 19th and 20th centuries
did not grow out of degradation but out of a legacy of courage, resourcefulness,
initiative, and dignity that goes back to 1619."
Witness: African American Images from the Dawn of Photography to the
Civil War by
Jackie Napolean Wilson
Whether as slaves or as freedmen, African-Americans
were virtually invisible in American history during the l9th century.
Although photography was introduced to this country in l840, precious
few images of African-Americans survive today. Even after the Civil
War there were not many African-American photographers, and very few
black people had the time, money or freedom for a portrait sitting.
Consequently, little photographic evidence remains to bear witness to
the lives of four and a half...
|The image is striking: A woman gazes
serenely at the camera, baby cradled in her arms in classic Madonna-and-child
pose. More striking is the fact that the sitters are black, and the
photograph dates from 1860. Few photographs from the mid-19th century
feature African Americans, enslaved or free. Those that do are often
staged and reflect the biases of the photographer or the printmaker
who published them. Others, however, provide glimpses of daily life
before the abolition of slavery.
|Renowned collector of early photographs,
Jackie Napolean Wilson has compiled
70 such images in
Hidden Witness. Some of the subjects are famous, such as
Abraham Lincoln and
Frederick Douglass; others, though
unknowns, carry a force of their own: the exuberant grin of the prizewinning
boxer, the proud stance of a Union soldier, the quiet dignity of a slave
nurse. A handsome addition to the
history of African Americans and
photography. --Sunny Delaney7
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Against Lynching by
Paula J. Giddings (Hardcover
- March 1, 2005)
Bondwoman's Narrative by
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Editor) (Hardcover - April
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