Jill Freedman: Resurrection City, 1968

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In May of 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. announced the Poor People’s Campaign to demanded economic and human rights for poor Americans of diverse backgrounds. The Campaign was organized by King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and carried out under the leadership of Ralph Abernathy in the wake of Dr. King’s assassination. After presenting an organized set of demands to Congress and executive agencies, participants set up a 3,000-person protest camp called Resurrection City on the Washington Mall, where they stayed for six weeks in the spring of 1968.

Published in 1970, ‘Old News: Resurrection City’ was photographer Jill Freedman’s first book. The book documents the encampment in all its complexity Freedman lived in the encampment for its entire six weeks, photographing the residents, their daily lives, their protests, and their eventual eviction. The new 50th anniversary edition of the book, titled ‘Resurrection City, 1968’ will reprint most of the 185 pictures from the original publication, presenting them in a more vivid printing and design.

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title

Resurrection City, 1968

photographer

Jill Freedman

text

Jill Freedman, John Edwin Mason, Aaron Bryant

publisher

Damiani

ISBN

9788862085830

year

2017

binding

hardcover

size

25 x 30,7 cm

pages

176

illustrations

140

language

English

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