Images of Emancipation

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American Studies lesson based on Maurice Bergers' "Images of Emancipation" in the New York TImes' Lens blog. See: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/20/images-of-emancipation/?smid=pl-share

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Images of Emancipation

  1. 1. Images of Emancipation
  2. 2. “Negroes can never have impartial portraits, at the hands of white artists. It seems to us next to impossible for white men to take likenesses of black men, without most grossly exaggerating their distinctive features. And the reason is obvious. Artists, like all other white persons, have adopted a theory respecting the distinctive features of Negro physiognomy. We have heard many white persons…
  3. 3. say, that ‘Negroes look all alike,’ and that they could not distinguish between the old and the young. They associate with the Negro face, high cheek bones, distended nostril, depressed nose, thick lips, and retreating foreheads. This theory impressed strongly upon the mind of an artist exercises a powerful influence over his pencil, and very naturally leads him to distort and exaggerate those peculiarities, even when they scarcely exist in the original.”
  4. 4. Images of Emancipation
  5. 5. Black background and knock out white?
  6. 6. An African-American soldier in uniform with his wife and two daughters. 1860s.
  7. 7. Emancipation Day in Richmond, Va. April 3, 1888.
  8. 8. Emancipation Day, Richmond, Va. 1905.
  9. 9. The band of the 107th United States Colored Infantry at Fort Corcoran in Arlington, Va. 1865.
  10. 10. Sojourner Truth on a carte-de-visite. 1860s.
  11. 11. Booker T. Washington. Circa 1915.
  12. 12. Harriet Tubman. 1864.
  13. 13. A family at the Hermitage, Savannah, Ga. 1907.
  14. 14. “Of Pottsville, Pa., the first man wounded in the Great American Rebellion, ‘Baltimore, April 18, 1861.’” Carte-de-visite of Nicholas Biddle.
  15. 15. A “nursemaid with her charge,” Arkansas. Circa 1855.
  16. 16. Emancipated slaves, “white and colored”. 1863.
  17. 17. Wilson Chinn Charles Taylor Mary Johnson Robert Whitehead Isaac White Augusta Boujey Rosina Downs Rebecca Huger
  18. 18. Prisoners assigned to harvest timber. 1920s.
  19. 19. “Colored army teamsters, Cobb Hill, Va.” 1864.
  20. 20. Fugitive African-Americans fording the Rappahannock River in Virginia. 1862.
  21. 21. A former slave holding a horn with which slaves were called, near Marshall, Tex. 1939.
  22. 22. African-American soldier at Benton Barracks, St. Louis. 1860s.

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