304 pp., 7 x 10, 330 halftones, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6327-2
Published: March 2021
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-6326-5
Published: March 2021
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-6328-9
Published: February 2021
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With Run Home If You Don’t Want to Be Killed, Rachel Marie-Crane Williams delivers a graphic retelling of the racism and tension leading up to the violence of those summer days. By incorporating firsthand accounts collected by the NAACP and telling them through a combination of hand-drawn images, historical dialogue, and narration, Williams makes the history and impact of these events immediate, and in showing us what happened, she reminds us that many issues of the time—police brutality, state-sponsored oppression, economic disparity, white supremacy—plague our country to this day.
About the Author
Rachel Marie-Crane Williams is associate professor of art and art history, and gender, women’s, and sexuality studies, at the University of Iowa.
For more information about Rachel Marie-Crane Williams, visit the Author Page.
“Through the use of graphic images of both important and ordinary people, major events and details of daily life, this study presents a new way of looking at a violent moment in wartime Detroit, the issues of which in many ways remain with us today.”—Michigan Historical Review
“What a graphic treatment must be, above all things, is readable and enjoyable. Rachel Marie-Crane Williams, indeed, accomplishes this. Run Home If You Don’t Want to Be Killed is an important book, one that sheds light on the complexity of a dark chapter in America’s history--one of relevance today.”--Joe Sacco, author of Paying the Land and Footnotes in Gaza
“Beautifully illustrated, engaging, and provocative, Run Home If You Don’t Want to Be Killed is unlike any graphic history I’ve encountered. Rachel Marie-Crane Williams provides a deep contextualization of the Detroit ‘riot’ of 1943, situating the uprising in the context of race, class, and wartime labor strife, through artwork that readers won’t soon forget.”—Karlos K. Hill, author of Beyond the Rope: The Impact of Lynching on Black Culture and Memory