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BLACK LIVES 1900 by Julian Rothenstein


W. E. B. Du Bois at the Paris Exposition

Julian Rothenstein

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Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: Redstone Press
Publisher: Redstone Press
Publication date: 31 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9780995518148
4 stars out of 5
Sukhdev Sandhu
15 Nov 2019

"A sumptuous book, edited by Julian Rothenstein, on a striking exhibit that showed the progress of African Americans since slavery"

What’s unusual about Black Lives 1900 is the prominence it gives to the maps and charts that also appeared in the show. They have the bold, sunny colours and hand-drawn simplicity of Ghanaian barber signs, Afrofuturist private press LP covers or classic Hindi posters. Some feature triangles and serpentine elements that recall occult art. Distinctive examples of early data visualisation, the charts offered sharp rejoinders to racist ideologues: a graphic called “Conjugal Condition” shows statistics suggesting black Americans were more likely to be married than Germans; another that they had higher rates of literacy than Russians