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Beyond BlackfaceAfrican Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930$
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W. Fitzhugh Brundage

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834626

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807878026_brundage

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Creating an Image in Black

Creating an Image in Black

The Power of Abolition Pictures

(p.66) Creating an Image in Black
Beyond Blackface

John Stauffer

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes how reformers in America and Europe became enraptured with the power of the picture beginning around 1830, once changes in lithography and line drawings had enabled large-scale mass production of images in newspapers and magazines. The reformers' enemies—the politicians and gatekeepers of the existing order—felt so threatened by the reformers' images that they tried to censor them. When the young William Lloyd Garrison began publishing The Liberator in 1831, what most offended southerners were the images—particularly the masthead, which depicted a slave auction in front of the nation's Capitol, the flag of liberty atop its dome, a whipping post in its plaza, and in the foreground a grieving slave family at auction and a discarded Indian treaty.

Keywords:   reformers, lithography, line drawings, mass production, Indian treaty

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