“Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery,” by associate professor of history Barbara Krauthamer and photographic historian Deborah Willis, has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award for outstanding work of non-fiction in the literature category.
The awards will be announced Feb. 22.
“Envisioning Emancipation” illustrates what freedom looked like for black Americans in the Civil War era. From photos of the enslaved on plantations and African-American soldiers and camp workers in the Union Army to Juneteenth celebrations, slave reunions, and portraits of black families and workers in the American South, the images in this book challenge perceptions of slavery. They show not only what the subjects emphasized about themselves but also the ways Americans of all colors and genders opposed slavery and marked its end. Krauthamer and Willis amassed 150 photographs—some never before published—from the antebellum days of the 1850s through the New Deal era of the 1930s.
The NAACP Image Awards were first presented in 1967 and honor outstanding people of color in film, television, music and literature. The 35 categories of the Image Awards are voted on by NAACP members.
Krauthamer is the author of “Black Slaves, Indian Masters: Slavery, Emancipation, and Citizenship in the Native American South” as well as many articles and essays on the history of slavery and emancipation.