Photo, Print, Drawing Emancipation / Th. Nast ; King & Baird, printers, 607 Sansom Street, Philadelphia.

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Title
Emancipation / Th. Nast ; King & Baird, printers, 607 Sansom Street, Philadelphia.
Summary
Thomas Nast's celebration of the emancipation of Southern slaves with the end of the Civil War. Nast envisions a somewhat optimistic picture of the future of free blacks in the United States. The central scene shows the interior of a freedman's home with the family gathered around a "Union" wood stove. The father bounces his small child on his knee while his wife and others look on. On the wall near the mantel hang a picture of Abraham Lincoln and a banjo. Below this scene is an oval portrait of Lincoln and above it, Thomas Crawford's statue of "Freedom." On either side of the central picture are scenes contrasting black life in the South under the Confederacy (left) with visions of the freedman's life after the war (right). At top left fugitive slaves are hunted down in a coastal swamp. Below, a black man is sold, apart from his wife and children, on a public auction block. At bottom a black woman is flogged and a male slave branded. Above, two hags, one holding the three-headed hellhound Cerberus, preside over these scenes, and flee from the gleaming apparition of Freedom. In contrast, on the right, a woman with an olive branch and scales of justice stands triumphant. Here, a freedman's cottage can be seen in a peaceful landscape. Below, a black mother sends her children off to "Public School." At bottom a free Negro receives his pay from a cashier. Two smaller scenes flank Lincoln's portrait. In one a mounted overseer flogs a black field slave (left); in the other a foreman politely greets Negro cotton-field workers.
Contributor Names
King & Baird, engraver
Nast, Thomas, 1840-1902, artist
Bott, S., publisher
Umpehent, J. W., copyright claimant
Created / Published
[Philadelphia] : Published by S. Bott, no. 43 South Third Street, Philadelphia, Penna., c1865.
Subject Headings
-  Lincoln, Abraham,--1809-1865
-  African Americans--Education--1860-1870
-  African Americans--Employment--1860-1870
-  Slavery--1860-1870
-  Liberty--1860-1870
Format Headings
Engravings--1860-1870.
Genre
Engravings--1860-1870
Notes
-  Title from item.
-  "Entered ... 1865, by J.W. Umpehent ... Pennsylvania."
-  Forms part of: Popular graphic art print filing series (Library of Congress).
-  Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1865-3.
-  Exhibited: "The Civil Rights Act of 1964 : A Long Struggle for Freedom" at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., June 2014 - June 2015.
Medium
1 print on wove paper : wood engraving printed in black and rose ; image 36 x 52.1 cm.
Call Number/Physical Location
PGA - King & Baird--Emancipation (C size) [P&P]
Source Collection
Popular graphic art print filing series (Library of Congress)
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Digital Id
pga 03898 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pga.03898
ppmsca 19253 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.19253
cph 3a06245 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a06245
Library of Congress Control Number
2004665360
Reproduction Number
LC-DIG-pga-03898 (digital file from original print) LC-DIG-ppmsca-19253 (digital file from original) LC-USZ62-2573 (b&w film copy neg.)
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on publication.
Online Format
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Description
1 print on wove paper : wood engraving printed in black and rose ; image 36 x 52.1 cm. | Thomas Nast's celebration of the emancipation of Southern slaves with the end of the Civil War. Nast envisions a somewhat optimistic picture of the future of free blacks in the United States. The central scene shows the interior of a freedman's home with the family gathered around a "Union" wood stove. The father bounces his small child on his knee while his wife and others look on. On the wall near the mantel hang a picture of Abraham Lincoln and a banjo. Below this scene is an oval portrait of Lincoln and above it, Thomas Crawford's statue of "Freedom." On either side of the central picture are scenes contrasting black life in the South under the Confederacy (left) with visions of the freedman's life after the war (right). At top left fugitive slaves are hunted down in a coastal swamp. Below, a black man is sold, apart from his wife and children, on a public auction block. At bottom a black woman is flogged and a male slave branded. Above, two hags, one holding the three-headed hellhound Cerberus, preside over these scenes, and flee from the gleaming apparition of Freedom. In contrast, on the right, a woman with an olive branch and scales of justice stands triumphant. Here, a freedman's cottage can be seen in a peaceful landscape. Below, a black mother sends her children off to "Public School." At bottom a free Negro receives his pay from a cashier. Two smaller scenes flank Lincoln's portrait. In one a mounted overseer flogs a black field slave (left); in the other a foreman politely greets Negro cotton-field workers.
LCCN Permalink
https://lccn.loc.gov/2004665360
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King & Baird, Engraver, Thomas Nast, S Bott, and J. W Umpehent. Emancipation / Th. Nast ; King & Baird, printers, 607 Sansom Street, Philadelphia. , ca. 1865. [Philadelphia: Published by S. Bott, no. 43 South Third Street, Philadelphia, Penna] Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2004665360/.

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King & Baird, E., Nast, T., Bott, S. & Umpehent, J. W. (ca. 1865) Emancipation / Th. Nast ; King & Baird, printers, 607 Sansom Street, Philadelphia. , ca. 1865. [Philadelphia: Published by S. Bott, no. 43 South Third Street, Philadelphia, Penna] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2004665360/.

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King & Baird, Engraver, et al. Emancipation / Th. Nast ; King & Baird, printers, 607 Sansom Street, Philadelphia. [Philadelphia: Published by S. Bott, no. 43 South Third Street, Philadelphia, Penna] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2004665360/>.