Baker & Taylor A fascinating and invaluable compilation of rare photographs of Civil War era African-Americans provides insight into the lives people lived, showing them in daily situations and in their regular attire, and bringing the past clearly into focus.
Blackwell North Amer Although photography was introduced to this country in 1840, precious few images of African-Americans from that era survive today. Even after the Civil War there were not many African-American photographers, and very few black people had the time, money, or freedom for a portrait sitting. Jackie Napolean Wilson, whose own grandfather was born a slave in South Carolina between 1853 and 1855, has assembled the most comprehensive and significant collection of such images ever brought together in one place. The concrete reality reflected in daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes presents these men and women in situations and attire that bring the truth of their daily lives much closer to us. Such scenes of material affection, matrimony, friendship, war, and the grim reality of the master/slave relationship help focus our perception of the African-American experience in America in ways not otherwise available to the modern reader. Among these images is the only picture of Abraham Lincoln in the company of an African-American and the earliest-known daguerreotype of Frederick Douglass (circa 1843).
Baker & Taylor A compiliation of rare photographs of Civil War era African Americans provides insight into the way people lived, showing them in daily situations and in their regular attire.