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JCWE Historian Talk with Dr. Aston Gonzalez
Visualizing Equality: African American Rights and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century was published in July 2020 by UNC Press.

From the press: In this book, Aston Gonzalez charts the changing roles of African American visual artists as they helped build the world they envisioned. Understudied artists such as Robert Douglass Jr., Patrick Henry Reason, James Presley Ball, and Augustus Washington produced images to persuade viewers of the necessity for racial equality, black political leadership, and freedom from slavery. Moreover, these activist artists’ networks of transatlantic patronage and travels to Europe, the Caribbean, and Africa reveal their extensive involvement in the most pressing concerns for black people in the Atlantic world. Their work demonstrates how images became central to the ways that people developed ideas about race, citizenship, and politics during the nineteenth century.

Aston Gonzalez is Associate Professor of History at Salisbury University. He is a scholar of nineteenth century African American history, politics, and visual culture. During the 2019-2020 academic year, he was a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow based at New York University.

Oct 8, 2020 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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