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Picture Freedom: Remaking Black Visuality in the Early Nineteenth Century
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher New York Univ Pr
Publication date April 3, 2015
Pages 264
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781479829774
ISBN-10 1479829773
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 0.88 lbs.
Original list price $27.00
Other format details university press
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In the decades leading up to the end of U.S. slavery, many free Blacks sat for daguerreotypes decorated in fine garments to document their self-possession. People pictured in these early photographs used portraiture to seize control over representation of the free Black body and reimagine Black visuality divorced from the cultural logics of slavery. In Picture Freedom, Jasmine Nichole Cobb analyzes the ways in which the circulation of various images prepared free Blacks and free Whites for the emancipation of formerly unfree people of African descent. She traces the emergence of Black freedom as both an idea and as an image during the early nineteenth century. 
Through an analysis of popular culture of the period—including amateur portraiture, racial caricatures, joke books, antislavery newspapers, abolitionist materials, runaway advertisements, ladies’ magazines, and scrapbooks, as well as scenic wallpaper—Cobb explores the earliest illustrations of free Blacks and reveals the complicated route through visual culture toward a vision of African American citizenship. Picture Freedom reveals how these depictions contributed to public understandings of nationhood, among both domestic eyes and the larger Atlantic world.

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from New York Univ Pr (April 3, 2015)
9781479829774 | details & prices | 264 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.88 lbs | List price $27.00
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With Betty Reichmeier | from Random House Childrens Books (October 1, 1988); titled "Potty Time"
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