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Photography on the Color Line


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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
Acknowledgments xv
Photography on the Color Line 1

Envisioning Race 25
The Art of Scientific Propaganda 43
"Families of Undoubted Respectability" 7
Spectacles of Whiteness:
The Photography of Lynching 113
The Archivist in the Archive 147
Notes 161
Bibliography 203
Index 217

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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

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.


"Photography on the Color Line is both a complicated and fascinating read on race, human displays at expositions, and Du Bois's notion of double consciousness. It is groundbreaking work on the Du Boisian concept of life on the color line."--Deborah Willis, coauthor of A Small Nation of People: W. E. B. Du Bois and African American Portraits of Progress "Photography on the Color Line should be widely read and widely taught. In this outstanding book, Shawn Michelle Smith has offered not only a spirited reading of a historically important group of photographs but also a methodology and theoretical grounding that are widely applicable even beyond the specific archive of the Du Bois photographs."--Laura Wexler, author of Tender Violence: Domestic Visions in an Age of U.S. Imperialism "highly recommended" Library Journal

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