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Dimock’s photographs . . . do suggest, often quite eloquently,
how black South Carolinians endured, the extraordinary
resourcefulness, spirit, and resiliency they displayed.
Julian Dimock’s South
Edited by Thomas L. Johnson and Nina J. Root
A vivid, moving story wherein the images bring to life unspoken words that strongly remind us that this world of downtrodden and oppressed people whose spirits did not break was never meant to be silent.–Dori Sanders
“Dimock destroys myths, stereotypes, and misconceptions with its images of a spirited and persevering people.”—Cleveland L. Sellers Jr.
“If Dimock’s photographs fail to depict the repression and violence that circumscribed black life, they do suggest, often quite eloquently, how black South Carolinians endured, the extraordinary resourcefulness, spirit, and resiliency they displayed.”–Leon Litwack
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A poignant collection of 155 photographs, Camera Man’s Journey takes us to a place at once familiar and foreign. Set in the South early in the twentieth century, these photographs bridge a distance not only of time but also of contrasting attitudes and customs.
The images show African Americans in or around Columbia, Beaufort, and Hilton Head, South Carolina. Some photographs were taken in surroundings where blacks might associate with whites–out of necessity and according to strict custom.
Most of the images, however, are set in “colored sections” or other remote areas of town or country where blacks were obliged to fashion lives apart. Under segregation and disenfranchisement, men, women, and children are portrayed in ordinary occupations and pursuits: a peddler selling his wares, a woman tying a toddler’s shoes, a barber and his young apprentice taking a break outside their shop.
Julian Dimock, whose works appeared often in major travel and nature magazines, took the photographs in 1904-5. So many photographers of the era tended to romanticize or politicize their African-American subjects; Dimock was different. Signs of want and inequity are plain to see in these images, but Dimock portrays his subjects as they reall were in all of their dignity, strength, and beauty.— Georgia Book News
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Julian Dimock (1873-1945) was born in New Jersey and traveled widely across the United States, taking photographs on his own and as part of many scientific and sporting expeditions. The fifth of six children, Julian Anthony Dimock was the son of Anthony and Helen Weston Dimock, only two of their children survived to adulthood.
Dimock abruptly ended his photography career in 1917 upon the death of his father, whom as a writer, was also his frequent traveling companion and collaborator. Dimock went on to become a highly regarded orchardist, planting 1600 trees and an exponent of conservation.
According to Nina J. Root: “He was instrumental in developing the seed potato as an important Vermont crop and also participated in the state’s reforesting project of planting red and Scotch pines. he served as town auditor for sixteen years and was know as the best apple grower in the area. Today his farm is still known as the “Dimock Orchard.”
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Table of Contents
Foreword (Dori Sanders) Preface (Cleveland L. Sellers Jr.) Acknowledgments (Nina J. Root and Thomas L. Johnson) Julian Dimock: Reluctant Camera Man (Nina J. Root) Mr. Smalls’s and Mr. Dimock’s South Carolina (Thomas L. Johnson) JULIAN DIMOCK’S PHOTOGRAPHS Afterword (Leon F. Litwack) Bibliography About the Authors
Thomas L. Johnson has been a field archivist associated for more than twenty-five years with the South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina, where for many years he also taught a course on South Carolina writers. A True Likeness, a book he co-edited on the work of black photographer Richard Samuel Roberts of Columbia (1880-1936), won a Lillian Smith Award from the Southern Regional Council in 1986. He has won prizes for both his poetry and his short fiction, and he serves as an honorary life member on the board of governors of the South Carolina Academy of Authors.
Leon F. Litwack, the Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of American History at the University of California, Berkeley, has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Distinguished Teaching Awards, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Film Grant. His book Been in the Storm So Long (1979), an account of America’s experience with emanicipation, won the Pulitzer Prize in history and the Parkman Prize. The late C. Vann Woodward called its 1998 sequel, Trouble in the Mind, “the most complete and moving account we have had of what the victims of the Jim Crow South suffered and somehow endured.”
Nina J. Root, a native New Yorker, received her bachelor’s degree at Hunter College and a master’s degree from Pratt Institute. She served as Director of Library Services at the American Museum of Natural History for twenty-seven years. Before coming to the museum she was head of Reference, Science and Technology Division, Library of Congress, where she was given a Meritorious Service Award. She is the author of numerous books and articles on the history of natural history and on the Library’s collections. Today she holds the title of Director Emerita of the AMNH Library and continues to work with collections, lecture, write, and travel.
Dori Sanders, a peach farmer from York County, South Carolina, saw her first novel, Clover (1990), published to immediate critical and popular acclaim. It received a Lillian Smith Award, has gone into ten hardback printings and numerous paperback ones, has been translated into five foreign languages, and was made into a major Walt Disney Film. Another novel, Her Own Story, appeared in 1993, and Dori Sanders’ Country Cooking, in 1995. Her work has been characterized as “Southern writing at its best” and has been compared to that of Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, and Zora Neale Hurston.
Cleveland L. Sellers Jr. is director of the African American Studies Program at the University of South Carolina, where he also teaches in the History Department. The River of No Return: The Autobiography of a Black Militant and the Life and Death of SNCC, published in collaboration with Robert Terrell in 1973 and in a 1990 edition with an afterword by Sellers, is his insider’s account of the rise and fall of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and of his involvement in the 1968 Orangeburg Massacre, including his arrest and subsequent imprisonment.
It is considered one of the two or three most important books to have come out of the Civil Rights Movement
Camera Man’s Journey The University of Georgia Press-330 Research Drive-Athens, Georgia 30602-4901
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Thomas L. Johnson has been a field archivist for more than twenty-five years with the South Carolinian Library at the University of South Carolina. His 1986 book, A True Likeness, coedited with Phillip C. Dunn, won a coveted Lillian Smith Award from the Southern Regional Council.
Nina J. Root is Director Emerita of the Research Library at the American Museum of Natural History, where, among other accomplishments, she cataloged the Julian Dimock photograph collection.
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Edited by Miriam DeCosta-Willis
Blacks in Hispanic Literature is a collection of fourteen essays by scholars and creative writers from Africa and the Americas. Called one of two significant critical works on Afro-Hispanic literature to appear in the late 1970s, it includes the pioneering studies of Carter G. Woodson and Valaurez B. Spratlin, published in the 1930s, as well as the essays of scholars whose interpretations were shaped by the Black aesthetic. The early essays, primarily of the Black-as-subject in Spanish medieval and Golden Age literature, provide an historical context for understanding 20th-century creative works by African-descended, Hispanophone writers, such as Cuban Nicolás Guillén and Ecuadorean poet, novelist, and scholar Adalberto Ortiz, whose essay analyzes the significance of Negritude in Latin America.
This collaborative text set the tone for later conferences in which writers and scholars worked together to promote, disseminate, and critique the literature of Spanish-speaking people of African descent. . . . Cited by a literary critic in 2004 as “the seminal study in the field of Afro-Hispanic Literature . . . on which most scholars in the field ‘cut their teeth’.”
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By John Loengard
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Far from an attempt to put forth a singular definition of modern photographic practice, this beautifully printed, duotone monograph instead presents evidence of the unique vision and extremely personal style of every artist pictured. Annie Leibovitz is quoted in her caption as once saying, I am always perplexed when people say that a photograph has captured someone. A photograph is just a piece of them in a moment. It seems presumptuous to think you can get more than that. PowerhouseBooks
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By Cleveland Sellers with Robert Terrell
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The River of No Return is acclaimed as a book that is destined to become a standard text for those wishing to perceive the civil rights struggle from within the ranks of one of its key organizations and to note the divisive history of the movement as groups striving for common goals were embroiled in conflict and controversy.
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By Andrew B. Lewis
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Others, including Marion Barry, Julian Bond and John Lewis, tempered their idealism and moved from protest to politics, assuming positions of leadership within the very institutions they had challenged. According to the author, No organization contributed more to the civil rights movement than SNCC, and with his eloquent book, he offers a deserved tribute.Publishers Weekly
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By Michelle Alexander
The mass incarceration of people of color through the War on Drugs is a big part of the reason that a black child born today is less likely to be raised by both parents than a black child born during slavery. The absence of black fathers from families across America is not simply a function of laziness, immaturity, or too much time watching Sports Center. Hundreds of thousands of black men have disappeared into prisons and jails, locked away for drug crimes that are largely ignored when committed by whites. Most people seem to imagine that the drug warwhich has swept millions of poor people of color behind barshas been aimed at rooting out drug kingpins or violent drug offenders. Nothing could be further from the truth. This war has been focused overwhelmingly on low-level drug offenses, like marijuana possessionthe very crimes that happen with equal frequency in middle class white communities.
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From The World and Africa, 1965
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