Black Lives: W.E.B. Du Bois at the Paris Exposition

How W.E.B. Du Bois combined photographs and info-graphics to communicate the everyday realities of Black lives and the inequities of race in America

American sociologist, historian, author, editor and activist W.E.B. Du Bois (1868–1963) was the most influential Black civil rights activist of the first half of the 20th century. 

At the 1900 Paris Exposition the pioneering sociologist and activist W.E.B. Du Bois presented an exhibit representing the progress of African Americans since the abolition of slavery. In striking graphic visualizations and photographs (taken by mostly anonymous photographers) he showed the changing status of a newly emancipated people across America and specifically in Georgia, the state with the largest Black population. This beautifully designed book reproduces the photographs alongside the revolutionary graphic works for the first time, and includes a marvelous essay by two celebrated art historians, Jacqueline Francis and Stephen G. Hall.

Written by W.E.B. Du Bois, Introduction by Stephen G. Hall, Contribution by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
144 pages
Published by Red Stone Press, 2019
9.75 x 12.5 inches

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