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    Am I not a man and a brother? 1 print : woodcut on wove paper ; 26.7 x 22.8 cm. | The large, bold woodcut image of a supplicant male slave in chains appears on the 1837 broadside publication of John Greenleaf Whittier's antislavery poem, "Our Countrymen in Chains." The design was originally adopted as the seal of the Society for the Abolition of Slavery in England in the 1780s, and appeared...
    • Contributor: Anti-Slavery Office (New York, N.Y,) - American Anti-Slavery Society
    • Date: 1837
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    "Make the slave's case our own" 1 item. | Holograph anti-slavery speech of Susan B. Anthony.
    • Contributor: Anthony, Susan B. - Anthony, Susan B. (Susan Brownell)
    • Date: 1859
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    The fugitive's song 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; sheet 35.6 x 23.8 cm. | 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 with their pack of dogs. Ahead, to the right, a signpost points toward New England. The cover's text...
    • Contributor: BouvĂ©, Ephraim W. - Prentiss, Henry - Bouve, Ephraim W.
    • Date: 1845
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    Exeter Hall, the great anti-slavery meeting, 1841 1 print : engraving. | Print shows interior of Exeter Hall filled with a large crowd for the Anti-slavery Society meeting, London, England.
    • Contributor: Melville, Henry - Melville, Henry, Active - Shepherd, Thomas H. (Thomas Hosmer)
    • Date: 1841
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    Abolition frowned down 1 print : lithograph with watercolor on wove paper ; 24.8 x 38.1 cm. (image) | 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 southern congressmen of such discussion as meddlesome and insulting to their constituencies. The print may relate to John...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R. - Dacre, Henry, Approximately 1820
    • Date: 1839
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    American sympathy and Irish backguardism 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 33.2 x 47.7 cm. (image) | A critical look at Irish Repeal movement leader Daniel O'Connell's condemnation of slavery in the United States. Clay portrays O'Connell's agitation against slavery as an affront to American friends of repeal, who contributed sizable amounts of money for "rent" to support the insurgent movement in Ireland. Conversely, Clay also portrays...
    • Contributor: Clay, Edward Williams - Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1843
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    The Massachusetts hoar, outwitted, or hopping-John, and Johnny-cake, for cod fish 'notions,' wide awake!!! 1 print : lithograph with watercolor on wove paper ; 27 x 37 cm. (image) | 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 hostility toward blacks as existing among various ethnic groups, including the Germans, French, Irish, and Scots. The title and main...
    • Contributor: Akin, James
    • Date: 1845
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    The hurly-burly pot 1 print : lithograph with watercolor, on wove paper ; 27 x 39.2 cm. (image) | The artist attacks abolitionist, Free Soil, and other sectionalist interests of 1850 as dangers to the Union. He singles out for indictment radical abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, Pennsylvania Free Soil advocate David Wilmot, New York journalist Horace Greeley, and Southern states' rights spokesman Senator John C. Calhoun. The...
    • Contributor: Baillie, James S., Active
    • Date: 1850
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    What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 27.7 x 43.9 cm. (image) | 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 Clay illustrates the abolitionist's invocation of a "higher law" against the claim of a slave owner, and the application...
    • Contributor: Clay, Edward Williams
    • Date: 1851
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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
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    Eclipse & no eclipse or two views of one object 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 27 x 38 cm. (image) | 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 identifies the left panel as the North and the right as the South. On the left,...
    • Contributor: Childs, J. (John)
    • Date: 1852
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    Democratic platform illustrated 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 31.3 x 34.2 cm. (image) | Another attack on the 1856 Democratic platform as pro-South and proslavery. The Buchanan-Breckenridge ticket is reviled on the basis of recent developments occurring during the outgoing Pierce administration. In the center of the picture is a flagstaff bearing an American flag inscribed "Buchanan & Breckenridge. Modern Democracy." To its base...
    • Contributor: Varney, James G. - Thurston, B.
    • Date: 1856
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    Northern coat of arms 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 28.5 x 23.4 cm. (image) | A Northern-produced satire, expressing strongly anti-abolitionist sentiments. A large pair of bare feet, obviously those of a black man, protrude from beneath a Phrygian cap adorned with the word "Liberty," several stars, and an eagle with arrows and olive branch from the seal of the United States. Weitenkampf very plausibly...
    • Contributor: Cutler, J. E. - Baker, Joseph E.
    • Date: 1864
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    The Democratic platform 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; sheet 32.6 x 44.2 cm. | Print shows Democratic presidential candidate James Buchanan lying on the backs of three men on their hands and knees, from left, Senator Thomas Hart Benton identified as "Old Bullion", President Franklin Pierce identified as "Franklin the last", and John Van Buren identified as "Prince John", who is speaking to his...
    • Contributor: N. Currier (Firm)
    • Date: 1856
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    The Democratic platform 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 27 x 42 cm, on mount 40.9 x 52 cm. | Again the 1856 Democrats are characterized as friendly to proslavery interests. Old guard Democrats Martin Van Buren and Thomas Hart Benton are also resurrected for abuse here. Van Buren appears as a fox, lurking in a cave at right. His son John is one...
    • Contributor: N. Currier (Firm) - Maurer, Louis
    • Date: 1856
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    Forcing slavery down the throat of a freesoiler 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 24.8 x 37 cm. (image) | The artist lays on the Democrats the major blame for violence perpetrated against antislavery settlers in Kansas in the wake of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Here a bearded "freesoiler" has been bound to the "Democratic Platform" and is restrained by two Lilliputian figures, presidential nominee James Buchanan and Democratic senator Lewis...
    • Contributor: Magee, John L. - Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana (Library of Congress) Dlc - Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1856
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    Liberty, the fair maid of Kansas--in the hands of the "border ruffians" 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 21 x 38 cm. (image) | A bitter indictment of the Democratic administration's responsibility for violence and bloodshed in Kansas in the wake of the 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act. (See also "Forcing Slavery Down the Throat of a Freesoiler" and "Democratic Platform Illustrated," nos. 1856-8 and 1856-11.) The print appeared during the presidential campaign of 1856. In...
    • Contributor: Magee, John L.
    • Date: 1856