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Fox-Amato's New Book "Exposing Slavery" Receives Acclaim

April 30, 2019

Matthew Fox-Amato, assistant professor of history, has published a new book titled, "Exposing Slavery: Photography, Human Bondage and the Birth of Modern Visual Politics in America." The book explores how photography altered the history of American slavery by examining how the medium enabled slaveholders to defend slavery, enslaved people to resist bondage, abolitionists to mobilize opposition and Civil War soldiers to envision racial hierarchy. It draws on an original source base that includes hundreds of unpublished and little-studied photographs of enslaved people, free African Americans and abolitionists. Since publishing in April, "Exposing Slavery" was positively reviewed in The Wall Street Journal and featured on the New Books Network podcast.

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