The Civil Rights Movement

A Photographic History, 1954-1968

Release Date
Format Paperback 256 pages 9 x 9 inches 150 duotone illustrations
ISBN-13 978-0-78920-656-5 SKU 18472

The first book to tell the story of the civil rights movement through the rousing and often wrenching photographs that recorded, promoted, and protected it.

With a striking selection of images and a lively, informative text, Steven Kasher captures the danger, drama, and bravery of the civil rights movement. After an introduction explaining the significance of photography to the movement, the text in this important book proceeds from the Montgomery bus boycott through the student, local and national movements; the big marches; Freedom summer; Malcolm X; and the death of Martin Luther King.

Each chapter begins with a fast-paced narrative of a crucial event in the movement, complemented by a portfolio of the most effective and evocative photographs of the subject. Ranging from the well known to the rare, these images were shot by such photographers as Richard Avedon, Danny Lyon, Charles Moore, Gordon Parks, Dan Weiner, and more than 50 others. Many of the pictures are accompanied by thought-provoking remembrances and analysis by various photographers and participants.


"The images...hold a mirror up to Americans, white and black, and what they show us is both terrifying and profound. We were so bad and we were so good; it makes you sad, and it makes you proud." -- Chicago Tribune

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