The Herod of the Nineteenth Century

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Title

The Herod of the Nineteenth Century

Subject

Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Slavery -- United States -- 19th century
Slaves -- Emancipation -- United States
United States. President (1861-1865 : Lincoln). Emancipation Proclamation

Description

A depiction of Abraham Lincoln as a king holding a glass labeled "power". This cartoon is charging Lincoln for being complacent with the border slave states. The figure to left holds a slave in one hand and a pitcher labelled "tobacco" in the other. Her shirt says "cotton" and her dress "union with slavery" while her legs have "avarice" (greediness) and "prejudice. She is asking for the head of Liberty, who is locked in a cell pondering "Who'll protect me know?" Though Lincoln did announce the Emancipation Proclamation he still exhibited a hesitancy to free slaves in areas controlled by the Union. He had rebutted the emancipation proclamations of both John C. Fremont and David Hunter prior to his own proclamation. In the cartoon Lincoln is reaching for a jug labelled "expediency" inferring that he was willing to undertake the easiest course regardless of issues like slavery.

Source

Special Collections, Gettysburg College

Publisher

Special Collections, Gettysburg College

Contributor

Gross, Matthew R.

Rights

Digital images copyright Special Collections, Musselman Library, Gettysburg College.

Format

JPEG

Language

English

Type

Image

Citation

“ The Herod of the Nineteenth Century ,” Digital Exhibits, accessed November 23, 2020, http://digitalexhibits.libraries.wsu.edu/items/show/5528.