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How Black Americans used portraits and family photographs to defy stereotypes

By Janette Greenwood, Professor of History, Clark University
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Unstable. Criminal. Impoverished. Absentee fathers. Neglectful mothers. “A tangle of pathology,” as the Moynihan Report, a 1965 study on Black poverty, put it.

For decades, the Black family has been denigrated as dysfunctional.

When mass media exploded in the late 19th century, degrading…

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