Item: Emancipation

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Record Number: 996
Call number: Bc 95 N269
Reproduction restrictions: None
Artist: Nast, Thomas, 1840-1902
Depicts: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Printer: King & Baird
Publisher: King & Baird
Repository: Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Date of Original: 1865
Image description: Lithograph of illustration by Thomas Nast commemorating the Emancipation Proclamation in January 1863. This image appeared as an illustration in the January 24, 1863 issue of Harper's Weekly as a celebration of President Abraham Lincoln's decree emancipating slaves during the Civil War. At the top of the illustration, the female figure Columbia, an early symbol of the United States, cheers emancipation and a portrait of President Lincoln is inset below. Nast depicts the horrors of slavery on the left-hand side, which feature scenes from a slave auction and whip-weilding plantation master. In contrast, the scenes of the right-hand side show free blacks attending school and gathering with family, as well as suggest harmony between blacks and whites.