Photo, Print, Drawing Reply to bobalition of slavery
About this Item
- Reply to bobalition of slavery
- One of several racist parodies of black American illiteracy, dialect, and manners issued in Boston at various times between 1819 and 1832. Others in the series are "Grand Bobalition or Great Annibersary Fussible" (no. 1821-1), "Grand and Splendid Bobalition of Slavery" (1822, Collections of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania), "Grand Celebrashun ob de Bobalition of African Slabery!!!" (no. 1825-1), "Dreadful Riot on Negro Hill!" (no. 1827-1), and "Bobalition of Slavery" (no. 1832-3). For their apparent range of production dates these are all suspiciously similar in style, language, subject, and typography. The broadsides are in the form of burlesque reports and letters relating to the annual July 14 celebrations, among Boston's black residents, of the anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade. (The American slave trade was actually abolished on January 1, 1808, but was celebrated in July by many American blacks for some time). In his use of black stereotypes, the producer anticipates Edward Williams Clay's "Life in Philadelphia" series of 1828-29. The "Reply to Bobalition" text comprises a "Dialogue between Scipio and Cato, and Sambo and Phillis, occasioned by reading the account of Bobalition proceedings, as detailed in a letter from Cesar Gobbo, to his friend Marco Mushy . . ." Above, two vignettes illustrate the respective conversations, the conversants portrayed as well-dressed, free blacks.
Created / Published
- [Boston? : s.n.], 1819.
- - African Americans--1810-1820
- - Slavery--1810-1820
- - Boston (Mass.)--1810-1820
- - Title appears as it is written on the item.
- - Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1819-2.
- 1 print : woodcut with letterpress on laid paper ; 10.5 x 24 cm.
Call Number/Physical Location
- Broadside Collection, portfolio 52, no. 13a c-Rare Bk Coll
- Library of Congress Rare Book and Special Collections Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
- cph 3a41000 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a41000
Library of Congress Control Number
- LC-USZ62-40669 (b&w film copy neg.)
- No known restrictions on publication.
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Reply to Bobalition of Slavery. Boston Massachusetts, 1819. [Boston?: s.n] Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2008661726/.
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(1819) Reply to Bobalition of Slavery. Boston Massachusetts, 1819. [Boston?: s.n] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2008661726/.
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Reply to Bobalition of Slavery. [Boston?: s.n] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2008661726/>.