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    Bobalition of slavery 1 print : woodcut with letterpress on laid paper ; 12 x 17.5 cm. | Another in the series of "bobalition" broadsides, marking the July 14 celebration of the anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade. (See no. 1819-2). The text, facetiously dated "Uly 14teenth 18 hundred and 30 tu," consists of a letter to "Captain Ookpate" from "Pomp Peters" and "Cezar Garbo"...
    • Date: 1832
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    Reply to bobalition of slavery 1 print : woodcut with letterpress on laid paper ; 10.5 x 24 cm. | 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),...
    • Date: 1819
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    Grand bobalition, or "Great anniversary fussible" 1 print : woodcut with letterpress, on laid paper ; 12 x 17.5 cm. | Another in the "bobalition" series of broadsides parodying the manners, illiteracy, and dialect of Boston blacks. (See no. 1819-2.) The illustration shows a black militia troop marching from left to right. The text, facetiously dated "Bosson, Uly 14, 18021" consists of a letter of instruction from "Cesar Crappo" to...
    • Date: 1821
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    Grand celebrashun ob de bobalition ob African slaver!!! 1 print : woodcut with letterpress on laid paper ; 11.5 x 19 cm. | Another in the "bobalition" series of broadsides parodying the manners, illiteracy, and dialect of Boston blacks. (See no. 1819-2.) This one is facetiously dated "Uly 14, 1825, 6 month and little more beside," suggesting it appeared in 1825 or 1826. It is illustrated with silhouette figures of black men,...
    • Date: 1825
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    Dreadful Riot on Negro Hill! 1 print : woodcut with letterpress on wove paper ; 12.3 x 18.5 cm. | Another in the "bobalition" series of broadsides, parodying black manners, illiteracy, and dialect. (See no. 1819-2.) The text describes, in the words of a "letter from Phillis to her sister in the country," a nocturnal attack by white Bostonians on black freedmen and their homes. The letter is facetiously...
    • Date: 1827
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    The American Marseillaise, or voice of the people 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 24.8 x 20.3 cm. (image) | An illustrated sheet music cover for a Whig campaign song, "The American Marseillaise," composed by Benjamin Cahill to mark the July 4, 1844, Boston Clay rally. In keeping with the title and the occasion of the piece the artist evokes the memory of the Revolution, and draws a parallel between...
    • Contributor: W. Thayer & Co. - Cahill, Benjamin
    • Date: 1844
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    Honor to Washington. A national ode 1 print : lithograph printed in colors, on wove paper ; 35.6 x 24.8 | An elaborate emblem to the memory of George Washington, illustrating the cover of a song in his honor composed by B. A. Burditt. The song, according to the text, was written "Expressly for the celebration of the 83d Anniversary of American Independence, and performed before the City Authorities of...
    • Contributor: Bufford, John Henry - Oliver Ditson & Co.
    • Date: 1859
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    AntiMasonic Convention in Valdimor [on the] corner-stone march 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 32 x 24 cm. (image) | An illustrated sheet music cover for a march dedicated to the Masons. According to the text the march was performed "at the Ceremony of laying the Corner Stone of the Masonic Temple, Boston." The illustration parodies the national convention of the Antimasonic party, held in September 1831 in Baltimore ("Valdimor")....
    • Contributor: Bradlee, Charles - Johnston, David Claypoole
    • Date: 1832
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    The grand national caravan moving east. 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; image and text 23 x 33 cm, sheet 27 x 42 cm. | A burlesque parade, led by Andrew Jackson and satirizing various aspects of his administration. The procession moves from right to left. At its head is Jackson, seated on a horse with Martin Van Buren cross-legged behind him. Next is a devil playing a...
    • Contributor: Straightshanks, Hassan - Johnston, David Claypoole - Endicott & Swett - Bufford, John Henry
    • Date: 1833
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    The decapitation of a great block head by the mysterious agency of the claret coloured coat 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 31.3 x 45.2 cm. (image) | A cryptic and anonymous satire probably referring to the 1834 "decapitation" of the wooden figure-head of Andrew Jackson, placed on the ship "Constitution" when it was refitted at Boston. The deed was perpetrated after Boston Whigs protested the newly-placed improvement. In a thunderstorm two ships, the "Independence" and "Constitution" are...
    • Date: 1834
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    Slavery as it exists in America. Slavery as it exists in England 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 44.8 x 27 cm. (image) | A challenge to the Northern abolitionist view of the institution of slavery, favorably contrasting the living conditions of American slaves (above) with the lot of the industrial poor in England (below). The first scene is impossibly naive: Southern slaves dance and play as four gentlemen--two Northerners and two Southerners--observe. First...
    • Contributor: Haven, John
    • Date: 1850
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    Practical illustration of the Fugitive Slave Law 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 28.3 x 36.3 cm (image) | A satire on the antagonism between Northern abolitionists on the one hand, and Secretary of State Daniel Webster and other supporters of enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Here abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison (left) holds a slave woman in one arm and points a pistol toward a burly...
    • Date: 1851