'We the People': Photos of American Elections
November 8, 2016
From the British Journal of Photography: “'We The People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union…' So goes the Preamble to the Constitution, signed on 17 September 1787.
It is the supreme law of the land, and not to be forsaken. African-Americans, because of widespread discrimination in some states, were not assured full voting rights until President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Women were denied the right to vote until 1920.
'My family moved to Nashville from Bangor, Maine, in 1949 and experienced a culture shock living in the segregated South of the 1950s,' says photographer Greg Miller of his time growing up in Tennessee.
'My grandfather was a Methodist minister and participated in Civil Rights marches in the 1960s. We suspect he voted Democrat.
'My grandmother, however, might have voted Republican. We don’t know for sure because they were private about it.
'In all, my Southern upbringing was decidedly pro-Civil Rights, pro-choice, pro-women’s rights and anti-war.'
Miller’s series, We The People, started out as an assignment for Esquire in 2004—the year in which John Kerry lost to George W Bush..." (For the full story and more photos, click here)