Tuesday, February 16
2:00 – 3: 15 PM (EST)
The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflict and Citizenship
A book talk with Sarah Lewis, Matthew Fox-Amato and Deborah Willis
Representing the 19th Century in Images
Book Talk: The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflict and Citizenship by Deborah Willis and a discussion with contributors Sarah Lewis and Matthew Fox-Amato of To Make Their Own Way In the World: The Enduring Legacy of the Zealy Daguerreotypes. They will discuss their chapters "The Insistent Reveal" and "Portraits of Endurance and Vernacular Photography in the Antebellum South."
ABOUT THE BOOK:
A stunning collection of stoic portraits and intimate ephemera from the lives of Black Civil War soldiers
Though both the Union and Confederate armies excluded African American men from their initial calls to arms, many of the men who eventually served were black. Simultaneously, photography culture blossomed—marking the Civil War as the first conflict to be extensively documented through photographs. In The Black Civil War Soldier, Deb Willis explores the crucial role of photography in (re)telling and shaping African American narratives of the Civil War, pulling from a dynamic visual archive that has largely gone unacknowledged.
With over seventy images, The Black Civil War Soldier contains a huge breadth of primary and archival materials, many of which are rarely reproduced. The photographs are supplemented with handwritten captions, letters, and other personal materials; Willis not only dives into the lives of black Union soldiers, but also includes stories of other African Americans involved with the struggle—from left-behind family members to female spies.
Code WILLIS30-FM will allow for 30 percent off and free domestic shipping at nyupress.org
Presented by the Center for Black Visual Culture (CBVC)/Institute of African American Affairs (IAAA); Co-sponsored by 370J Project and Africana Studies/Dept. of SCA