12 Million Black Voices

12 Million Black Voices

by Richard Wright

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Originally published in 1948, 12 Million Black Voices pairs Richard Wright’s beautiful prose with stunning photographs from the Farm Security Administration’s files from the Great Depression. The images, curated by Edwin Rosskam, include photographs shot by legendary American artists like Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, and Arthur Rothstein, adding a visual dimension to Wright’s incisive commentary on the origins and history of black oppression in America.

From dusty rural villages to northern ghettos, 12 Million Black Voices is an unflinching portrayal of the lives that many black Americans lived in the 1930s. Depicting remarkable spiritual fortitude and resilience in the face of crushing poverty and hostile government policies, 12 Million Black Voices is a testament to the strength of black communities, giving voices and faces to a population that is too often invisible in the annals of American history.

(review blurbs)

“Among all the works of Richard Wright, 12 Million Black Voices stands out as a work of poetry, of passion, of lyricism, and of love” —David Bradley

“Short text and picture folk history of the Black American, in which the author of Native Son writes a burning commentary on three centuries of slavery, persecution, and want...Edwin Rosskam, the photographic editor, reinforces the text with superb photographs” —The New Yorker

“A more eloquent statement of its kind could hardly have been devised… flawless prose that takes on at times the quality of a folksong” —The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635618815
Publisher: Echo Point Books & Media, LLC
Publication date: 05/31/2019
Edition description: Reprint ed.
Pages: 154
Sales rank: 258,584
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Richard Wright (1908-1962) was an acclaimed short story writer, poet, and novelist, whose work most often concerned the plight of African Americans in late 19th century to mid-20th century America. His best known books are Native Son, chosen by the Book of the Month Club as their first book by an African-American author, and his memoir Black Boy, a vivid portrayal of one black man's search for self-actualization in a racist society.

Date of Birth:

September 4, 1908

Date of Death:

November 28, 1960

Place of Birth:

Near Natchez, Mississippi

Place of Death:

Paris, France


Smith-Robertson Junior High in Jackson, Mississippi (1925)

Table of Contents



Part One

Our Strange Birth

Part Two

Inheritors of Slavery

Part Three

Death on the City Pavements

Part Four

Men in the Making

About the Photographs

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