Thomas Nast on Emancipation February 24, 2012Brooks D. Simpson Here’s how Thomas Nast represented emancipation in the pages of Harper’s Weekly: Now note the change in a later print: Share this:FacebookTwitterEmailLike this:Like Loading... Related
Okay, that’s pretty amazing. As the wife of an artist, in general I am in favor of leaving things as the artist presents them. But in this case, I can’t help feeling sympathetic with the revision of inserting Lincoln in the bottom circle.
The original image baffles me? What was it supposed to be? Would readers of the time have been more likely to understand it than I am?
This is the text that accompanied the original version, from Harper’s Weekly, January 24, 1863:
Amazing — thanks, Andy. Interesting to note that the description fails to mention the woman on the lower left who is bent over a tree stump while the slave driver beats her bare back — looking like a scene straight out of Frederick Douglass’s writing, with all its most unsavory implications.