Until the 1840s abortion was widespread and legal in the U.S. Then, state by state it was declared illegal; by 1900 the ban was complete. In North Carolina abortion was outlawed in 1881 and remained that way until Roe v. Wade in 1973. Today the U.S. is ex
The criminalization of abortion was one of many monumental shifts occurring in America when photographer Hugh Mangum, who was born in 1877 and died in 1922, was working in North Carolina and the Virginias. The images in his archive –– single and double exposures, some blurry, some with poetic deterioration –– collectively, and often majestically, symbolize the daily struggles and triumphs of this far-reaching era and the very real effects the tides of history have on our lives, then and now.
From “Photos Day or Night: The Archive of Hugh Mangum,” by Sarah Stacke with texts by Maurice Wallace and Martha Sumler. Published by @redhookeditions (2018) and designed by @bonniebriant. Link in bio.