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Product Details

  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; Reprint edition (December 16, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560254467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560254461
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By chelofilm on October 4, 2010
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In Twelve Million Black Voices, Richard Wright, in a beautifully poetic prose, recounts the conditions African Americans endured when they migrated North during the early Twentieth Century. His love for his people and his hurt over their suffering comes through and helps readers understand what those times were like. In Twelve Million Black Voices, Wright expands on the themes of Black Boy but in a less personal way. The photos in the book, taken by some of America's foremost photographers, complement the writing, and illustrate the conditions under which African Americans lived.

Unfortunately, 21st century living conditions in America's inner cities too closely mirror what Wright describes in Twelve Million Black Voices. Perhaps when people read this book, they will be moved to change the conditions in which many children of color still live, or at the very least, understand the plight of inner city families and youth.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Shawn C. Kennedy on August 16, 2008
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I'm always impressed with writings by Richard Wright. This book took me on a written and pictorial journey in history of the plight of African Americans in this country. Wright did an excellent job of connecting the past with the present. What a wonderful history lesson!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JulesThom on July 24, 2012
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I found this book really engaging and interesting, but with a major fault. I almost stopped reading when the Foreword talked, in all seriousness, about the risks of a racially-motivated genocide in the United States in the 21st century.

I'm glad I kept reading, because the book proper (after the foreword, introduction and preface) was extremely good. I read it for an OpenCourseWare course called "Photography as Truth."

Because my focus was on the photography, I spent more time with the images than with Richard Wright's writing, but I found Wright's message compelling. The photographs took me into a world I'd only heard of, and not quite believed existed until I saw it in black and white. From a lynching to a house-burning to worship services to grave sites to dancing and celebration, 12 Million Black Voices captures perfectly the face of black America in the years before World War II (the book was written in 1941).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M.C on June 14, 2014
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This is a piece of history and I am happy to see it on amazon. The only thing that I would like to point out is that this publication looks different in layout than the original first edition. If you want the "original" experience, purchase the first addition. The photographs in this edition are of much better print quality.
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By Surprised on June 25, 2013
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A must have for African American History enthusiast. It tells a compelling story in a nice History telling style. Must have in your library.
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