About the book
At the 1900 Paris Exposition the pioneering sociologist and activist W. E. B. Du Bois organised an exhibit demonstrating the progress of African Americans since the abolition of slavery. In striking graphic visualisations, hand-drawn charts, maps and photographs he showed the changing status of a newly emancipated people across the United States and more specifically in Georgia, the state with the largest Black population.
W. E. B. Du Bois became the most influential Black civil rights activist of the first half of the twentieth century. His exhibit at the Paris Exposition continues to resonate as a powerful affirmation of the equal rights of Black Americans to lives of freedom and fulfilment. This beautiful new book reproduces the photographs alongside the revolutionary graphic works for the first time, and includes a marvellous essay by two celebrated historians, Jacqueline Francis and Stephen G. Hall.
Praise for BLACK LIVES 1900
"Good lord this book is incredible.... a civil rights and graphic design landmark"
"This is an extraordinary book – an arrestingly beautiful combination of photographs and graphics."
"I find this lush and exquisitely produced book essential to my understanding of a historical event that did much to change my perception of Du Bois, and his brilliant expansiveness. It's marvellous to have this 'lost' material between covers now, and forever."
Hilton Als of the New Yorker