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Delia's Tears

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Molly Rogers has published essays on the history of photography, and her fiction has been produced for theater and radio. She lives in the UK, where she teaches creative writing.


"In a book that is at once sensitive, bold, and imaginative, Rogers delivers a deep history of the causes, creation, and consequences of these now famous photographs... If there ever can be a shared humanity with a shared historical memory, perhaps it can only emerge from seeing such evidence of its most brutal denial."-David W. Blight, from the Foreword -- David W. Blight "Through Delia's Tears, a beguiling mixture of history and imagination, we see that the poisonous allure of racial thinking, often posing as reasoned objectivity, has always blurred our vision. This is a story that is as beautiful as it is sad."-Jonathan Scott Holloway, Yale University -- Jonathan Scott Holloway "[Rogers'] well-researched history paints a rich panorama of the mental world of slavery." -- Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly Selected as an Editor's Choice by Booklist as one of the best titles published in 2010 -- 2010 Editor's Choice Booklist "Rogers succeeds in humanizing photographs that were taken not to bring out the individual qualities of those photographed but in an attempt to confirm theories of human inequality."-Reginald Horsman, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society -- Reginald Horsman Register of the Kentucky Historical Society "[An] excellent work."-J. D. Smith, Choice -- J. D. Smith Choice

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