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Looking SouthRace, Gender, and the Transformation of Labor from Reconstruction to Globalization$
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Mary E. Frederickson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036038

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036038.001.0001

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Transformation and Resistance

Transformation and Resistance

A War of Images in the Post-Plessy South

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Looking South

Mary E. Frederickson

University Press of Florida

This chapter focuses on the color line that Du Bois saw as the central challenge of the twentieth century. At the 1900 Paris l' Exposition Universelle, Du Bois fired a major salvo in what became a war of images over the representation of African American life in the United States. For the Paris exposition, Du Bois chose to exhibit images that contrasted sharply with the drawings on racist trading cards and postcard pictures of lynched bodies and burned-out black neighborhoods circulated by those opposed to full and equal citizenship for African Americans. In the decades that followed, proponents of racial equality squared off against white resisters determined to push back the progress made by upwardly mobile black entrepreneurs, professionals, and skilled workers. Using artists' renderings, photographs, newspaper illustrations, postcards, and film, each group waged fierce battles over the dominant image of black life in the United States.

Keywords:   Du Bois, l' Exposition Universelle, Paris exposition, African Americans, United States

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