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Topic: black history month

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Glass cup in the shape of a negro head

Glass cup in the shape of a negro head

Translucent pale blue green.Uneven knocked-off, slightly inverted rim; flaring neck; plastic body; flaring base with circular, flat bottom. Mold seams visible to either side of face, slightly misaligned on prop... more

Life in Philadelphia. Plate 13 / Clay fecit 1829.

Life in Philadelphia. Plate 13 / Clay fecit 1829.

Print shows an African American couple walking on the street; the woman asks the man whether he likes the waltz.

Like master like man / E.W. Clay del.

Like master like man / E.W. Clay del.

Print shows two African American men, with their seconds, about to fight a duel with pistols at close range.

Boston minstrels. The celebrated Ethiopian melodies ...

Boston minstrels. The celebrated Ethiopian melodies ...

Music cover illustrated with caricatures of six minstrels in two scenes.

The crow quadrilles--Arranged for the pianoforte by Robt. Ashley, Esq. / lith. of Endicott.

The crow quadrilles--Arranged for the pianoforte by Robt. Ashley, Esq....

Music cover with seven vignettes of caricatures of African-Americans.

Much ado about nothing or a militia court-martial!!

Much ado about nothing or a militia court-martial!!

A satire on the pretensions and general decadence of the American local militia during the Jacksonian era. A man on a witness stand (far left) is questioned by a court-martial. Several officers sit around a tab... more

"The government." No. 1, [Eye] take the responsibility

"The government." No. 1, [Eye] take the responsibility

A satire on Andrew Jackson's "Kitchen Cabinet," the pejorative name given his informal circle of close advisors. The print appeared during the heated controversy incited by Jackson's discontinuation of federal ... more

Zip coon

Zip coon

Music cover(?) showing caricature of an extravagantly dressed African American man.

Family amalgamation among the men-stealers

Family amalgamation among the men-stealers

African American children serving food to a white family.

Ladies whipping girls

Ladies whipping girls

A white woman whipping a slave girl.

The crow quadrilles. Piano forte by John H. Hewitt / N. Currier's lith., N.Y.

The crow quadrilles. Piano forte by John H. Hewitt / N. Currier's lith...

Music cover with eight vignettes of caricatures of blacks.

Long tail blue / Willig's lith.

Long tail blue / Willig's lith.

Music cover showing man wearing top hat and coat with tails, holding monocle and walking stick.

The new code of chivalry or what we would have done.  As approved by "The American:" For 1838

The new code of chivalry or what we would have done. As approved by "...

The second of two satires by Chambers on events surrounding the killing of Maine Congressman Jonathan Cilley by Kentucky Representative William J. Graves in a February 24, 1838, duel. (See also "Scene in Washin... more

The disappointed abolitionists

The disappointed abolitionists

Three men at left, one saying, "Verily friend Darg since we have returned thee thy money, I claim the reward of $1000 - Brother Barney Corse was merely my agent, verily!" Another "Yea verily I was but thy instr... more

Abolition frowned down

Abolition frowned down

A satire on enforcement of the "gag-rule" in the House of Representatives, prohibiting discussion of the question of slavery. Growing antislavery sentiment in the North coincided with increased resentment by so... more

Matty's perilous situation up Salt River

Matty's perilous situation up Salt River

A pro-Whig satire on the presidential campaign of 1840. Martin Van Buren is neck-deep in the waters of "Salt River," a colloquial term for political misfortune or failure. He sinks under the weight of boxes m... more

Fanny Elssler and the Baltimoreans

Fanny Elssler and the Baltimoreans

A scornful look at the reception of German ballerina Fanny Elssler in Baltimore. The New York artist ridicules the adulation given the touring performer by the Baltimore public. During her July 1840 visit there... more

Hon. & Rev. B.R. Wilson of Monrovia, Liberia, died Oct. 9, 1864 / Photographed by S.W. Truesdell, Kenosha, Wis.

Hon. & Rev. B.R. Wilson of Monrovia, Liberia, died Oct. 9, 1864 / Phot...

Photograph shows portrait of B.R. Wilson, Methodist missionary to Liberia.

Ginger blue, a popular Negro melody, composed & sung by Mr. R.W. Pelham / Fleetwood lith.

Ginger blue, a popular Negro melody, composed & sung by Mr. R.W. Pelha...

Music cover showing boy dancing in dilapidated room, with kettle in fireplace.

Dandy Jim, from Carolina; a popular Negro melody, as sung by B. Williams / /Lith. of Endicott.

Dandy Jim, from Carolina; a popular Negro melody, as sung by B. Willia...

Music cover showing man looking at himself in mirror.

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona. Sturges Esqr.] / Wm. S. Mount 1836.

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona....

Print shows workmen resting in the shade of a tree, one man is sharpening a tool, an African American man reclining on a stack of hay, a young boy is leaning over the stack, tickling the man's ear with a piece ... more

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona. Sturges Esqr.] / Wm. S. Mount 1836.

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona....

Print shows workmen resting in the shade of a tree, one man is sharpening a tool, an African American man reclining on a stack of hay, a young boy is leaning over the stack, tickling the man's ear with a piece ... more

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona. Sturges Esqr.] / Wm. S. Mount 1836.

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona....

Print shows workmen resting in the shade of a tree, one man is sharpening a tool, an African American man reclining on a stack of hay, a young boy is leaning over the stack, tickling the man's ear with a piece ... more

Trouble in the Spartan ranks. Old Durham in the field

Trouble in the Spartan ranks. Old Durham in the field

A complex and somewhat obscure satire celebrating the defeat of Dorrite Democrats in the Rhode Island state elections of spring 1843. The canvass was held the year following the successful suppression of the Do... more

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona. Sturges Esqr.] / Wm. S. Mount 1836.

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona....

Print shows workmen resting in the shade of a tree, one man is sharpening a tool, an African American man reclining on a stack of hay, a young boy is leaning over the stack, tickling the man's ear with a piece ... more

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona. Sturges Esqr.] / Wm. S. Mount 1836.

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona....

Print shows workmen resting in the shade of a tree, one man is sharpening a tool, an African American man reclining on a stack of hay, a young boy is leaning over the stack, tickling the man's ear with a piece ... more

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona. Sturges Esqr.] / Wm. S. Mount 1836.

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona....

Print shows workmen resting in the shade of a tree, one man is sharpening a tool, an African American man reclining on a stack of hay, a young boy is leaning over the stack, tickling the man's ear with a piece ... more

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona. Sturges Esqr.] / Wm. S. Mount 1836.

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona....

Print shows workmen resting in the shade of a tree, one man is sharpening a tool, an African American man reclining on a stack of hay, a young boy is leaning over the stack, tickling the man's ear with a piece ... more

Race between Bennett and Greely for the Post Office stakes

Race between Bennett and Greely for the Post Office stakes

A satire on the competition between rival editors Horace Greeley and James Gordon Bennett for New York post office printing contracts. The artist also comments on the circulation wars between Bennett's "New Yor... more

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona. Sturges Esqr.] / Wm. S. Mount 1836.

[Farmers nooning, from the original picture in the possession of Jona....

Print shows workmen resting in the shade of a tree, one man is sharpening a tool, an African American man reclining on a stack of hay, a young boy is leaning over the stack, tickling the man's ear with a piece ... more

Loco Foco triumphal honors

Loco Foco triumphal honors

A mock triumphal procession ridiculing "Loco Foco" or radical Democratic support of candidates James K. Polk and George M. Dallas. The Loco Focos are portrayed as ragged Irishmen, carrying the two candidates on... more

The celebrated Congo minstrels' songs / Thayer & Co's lith., Boston.
The Massachusetts hoar, outwitted, or hopping-John, and Johnny-cake, for cod fish 'notions,' wide awake!!!

The Massachusetts hoar, outwitted, or hopping-John, and Johnny-cake, f...

An imaginative but puzzling commentary on sectional tensions over slavery between New England abolitionists and southern agrarian slaveholders. In his sweeping satire the artist also portrays a considerable hos... more

The fugitive's song

The fugitive's song

A sheet music cover illustrated with a portrait of prominent black abolitionist Frederick Douglass as a runaway slave. Douglass flees barefoot from two mounted pursuers who appear across the river behind him w... more

Whitlock's collection of Ethiopian melodies. As sung with great applause by William Whitlock at the principal theatres in the United States

Whitlock's collection of Ethiopian melodies. As sung with great applau...

Music cover showing two men on stage, one dancing and one playing banjo.

The tree of liberty.  The free population of the United States enjoying the refreshing shade of the tree of liberty

The tree of liberty. The free population of the United States enjoyin...

A somewhat puzzling commentary on two issues: slavery and economic protectionism. The date of the print is uncertain, but it may have appeared as part of the reaction against the Walker Tariff of 1846. A Northe... more

Town & country making another drive at the great question.--No go!!

Town & country making another drive at the great question.--No go!!

A mild reproof of Zachary Taylor's evasion of the slavery question in the campaign of 1848. Although Taylor's views were widely broadcast in the form of published letters, his stand on the main issue--the Wilmo... more

The telegraphic candidates

The telegraphic candidates

In a race between the railroad and the telegraph the "telegraphic candidates," Lewis Cass and William O. Butler, are first to the White House. The artist ridicules Zachary Taylor for his hazy stance on major ca... more

Who says gas? Or the Democratic b-hoy

Who says gas? Or the Democratic b-hoy

A pro-Democrat satire, pitting Democratic candidate Lewis Cass against Whig nominee Zachary Taylor in a bout for the presidency. Cass (center) is the obvious favorite. He wears the stovepipe hat, boots, bold pl... more

The candidate of many parties. A phrenological examination to ascertain what his political principles are

The candidate of many parties. A phrenological examination to ascertai...

Whig nominee Zachary Taylor's reluctance to clearly declare his political views was an issue eagerly exploited by the opposition in the 1848 campaign. Here the artist shows phrenologist Orson S. Fowler probing... more

The Sabbath among slaves

The Sabbath among slaves

Illustration showing Afro-American dancing, playing banjo, and resting.

The blessings of liberty or how to "hook" a "gentleman of color"

The blessings of liberty or how to "hook" a "gentleman of color"

A diverse group of abolitionists try to drag an unwilling black man toward the left with a large gaff hook. Holding the hook are (left to right) an old hag, a Quaker man, and two other homely men. The hag dec... more

What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander

What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander

The opposition of Northern abolitionists, churchmen, and political figures to enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 is criticized in this rare pro-Southern cartoon. In two panels artist Edward Williams ... more

The fish question settled

The fish question settled

A facetious, and somewhat racist, look at public opinion surrounding the controversy over American fishing rights in British-controlled waters off North America. (See also "John Bull's Fish Monopoly," no. 1852-... more

Eclipse & no eclipse or two views of one object

Eclipse & no eclipse or two views of one object

Two scenes showing the differing perceptions of Franklin Pierce's stand on the issue of slavery, as viewed by the North and South. The cartoon is divided vertically by "Mason & Dixon's Line." An arrow identifie... more

Abu Nabut and Negro Slaves in Cairo

Abu Nabut and Negro Slaves in Cairo

Ernest Benecke (German, born England, 1817–1894)

A dish of "black turtle"

A dish of "black turtle"

The cartoonist mocks the opportunism evident in Winfield Scott's endorsement of both the abolitionist cause and the Missouri Compromise. Scott, in military uniform, is seated at a table with a plate of soup be... more

Pilgrims of the Rhine-O!

Pilgrims of the Rhine-O!

Whig presidential candidate Winfield Scott and his party pursue an abolitionist course leading toward Salt River and political doom. New York senator and antislavery advocate William Seward appears as a poodle ... more

Winner's improved method for the violin

Winner's improved method for the violin

Music cover showing four black people--couple dancing in front of fireplace, man playing violin, and man standing in doorway.

State of Louisiana

State of Louisiana

Print shows the title page to "Ballou's Pictorial" for "Saturday, December 22, 1855" showing, at top, a view of Boston Harbor with sailing ships, steamboats, a rowboat, and a view of the city of Boston in the b... more

Slave of Richard Townsend / W.H. Ingram's Photograph and Ferrotype Gallery, No. 11 West Gay Street, West Chester, PA.

Slave of Richard Townsend / W.H. Ingram's Photograph and Ferrotype Gal...

Photo shows an elderly African American man, three-quarter length portrait, wearing coat and top hat, seated, facing front, with right hand resting on the handle of a bow saw that he holds between his legs.

Ahead of all, N.L. Hansen & Co's. Magnolia Tobacco, unsurpassed by any in use. For sale here

Ahead of all, N.L. Hansen & Co's. Magnolia Tobacco, unsurpassed by any...

Print shows an African American man with arms stretched out holding tobacco leaves in each hand. An eagle sits on a banner with the words "N.L. Hansen & Co's" directly above the man.

Log cabin.
Mule cart.