Delia's tears : race, science, and photography in nineteenth-century America /

In 1850 seven South Carolina slaves were photographed at the request of the famous naturalist Louis Agassiz to provide evidence of the supposed biological inferiority of Africans. Lost for many years, the photographs were rediscovered in the attic of Harvard's Peabody Museum in 1976. In the fir...

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Main Author: Rogers, Molly, 1967-
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, ©2010.
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Table of Contents:
  • Foreword / David Blight
  • Introduction: Discovery
  • A dam'd poor town
  • Cotton
  • Transformation
  • Humbug
  • The big fish
  • Truth before all
  • Storm, blood, and fire
  • A positive good
  • Niggerology
  • Opposite views
  • Investigations
  • Evidence
  • Scientific moonshine
  • Epilogue: Revolution.