Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9780226603926 Will Publish December 2019
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Troublemakers

Chicago Freedom Struggles through the Lens of Art Shay

Erik S. Gellman

Troublemakers

Erik S. Gellman

Photographs by Art Shay
304 pages | 72 color plates, 175 halftones | 8 1/2 x 11 | © 2019
Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9780226603926 Will Publish December 2019
E-book $21.00 ISBN: 9780226604084 Will Publish December 2019
What does democracy look like? And when should people cause trouble to pursue it? Troublemakers fuses photography and history to demonstrate how racial and economic inequality gave rise to a decades-long struggle for justice in a postwar American city.
Drawing on 275 of Art Shay’s photographs, Erik S. Gellman takes a new look at major developments in postwar US history: the Second Great Migration, “white flight,” and neighborhood and street conflicts, as well as shifting party politics and the growth of the carceral state. Unlike many histories that use images to support a narrative, Gellman’s writing is deeply informed by and in dialogue with Shay’s photos. The result is a visual and written history that complicates—and even upends—the morality tales and popular memory of postwar freedom struggles.
Art Shay himself was a “troublemaker,” seeking to unsettle society by reflecting back to it truths that many middle-class, white, media, political, and business people pretended did not exist. Shay served as an Air Forces navigator overseas during the war, then took a position as a writer for Life Magazine, but soon after his 1948 move to Chicago decided to become a freelance photographer.  Working for himself, Shay wandered the city photographing whatever caught his eye—and much did. His lens captured everything from private moments of rebellion to era-defining public movements, as he sought to understand the creative and destructive energies that have propelled freedom struggles in the Windy City.
Shay illuminated the pain and ecstasy that sprung up from the streets of Chicago, while Gellman reveals their collective impact on the urban fabric and on our national narrative. This collaboration offers a fresh and timely look at how social conflict can shape a city—and may even inspire us to make trouble today.
Contents
Introduction

1 Democratic Dreams Deferred
2 Windy City Justice
3 Suburban Civility
4 Chicago’s Own Civil Rights Movement
5 Human Rights and Freedom Marches
6 Welcome Democrats and Black Power

Conclusion
 
Acknowledgments
Images
Notes
Index
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