W. E. B. Du Bois's Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America


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By Whitney Battle-Baptiste and Britt Rusert, Editors

The colorful charts, graphs, and maps presented at the 1900 Paris Exposition by famed sociologist and black rights activist W. E. B. Du Bois offered a view into the lives of black Americans, conveying a literal and figurative representation of "the color line." From advances in education to the lingering effects of slavery, these prophetic infographics—beautiful in design and powerful in content—make visible a wide spectrum of black experience.

W. E. B. Du Bois's Data Portraits collects the complete set of graphics in full color for the first time, making their insights and innovations available to a contemporary imagination.

As Maria Popova wrote, these data portraits shaped how “Du Bois himself thought about sociology, informing the ideas with which he set the world ablaze three years later in The Souls of Black Folk.”

With contributions from Aldon Morris, Mabel O. Wilson, and graphic designer Silas Munro

Edited by Nolan Boomer and Nina Pick

Designed by Benjamin English

Published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2018

Hardcover, 144 pages, 72 color images, 7 × 10 inches

ISBN: 978-1-61689-706-2

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