Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

Controversy and Hope: The Civil Rights Photographs of James Karales

Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

Controversy and Hope: The Civil Rights Photographs of James Karales

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Controversy and Hope: The Civil Rights Photographs of James Karales. By Julian Cox, with Rebekah Jacob and Monica Karales. Foreword by Andrew Young. (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2013. Pp. [xxiv], 125. Paper, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-61117-158-7; cloth, $39.95, ISBN 978-1-61117-157-0.) Civil rights activist Andrew Young writes in this book's foreword, "It is no exaggeration to say that absent the cameras, we would have marched in vain" (p. ix). White sympathy for the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s required an awareness of the plight and poise of African Americans, something made possible through the work of photojournalists like James Karales.

This is a collection of ninety-three photographs Karales took between 1960 and 1965 that capture Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee training sessions in which volunteers physically and verbally abused one another to practice nonviolent resistance; a humanizing spread of Martin Luther King Jr. and his family at home; and various Southern Christian Leadership Conference events in Alabama between 1962 and 1965. …

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