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Volck, Adalbert John (1828-1912) Free Negroes in Hayti

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00493.27 Author/Creator: Volck, Adalbert John (1828-1912) Place Written: s.l. Type: Print Date: circa 1880-1890 Pagination: 1 etching : b&w ; 26.1 x 34.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Depicts a scene of savage ritual. Shows drums being beaten and a tambourine being played by half-naked men and women as an infant is sacrificed and its head mounted atop a spear. In the background, men and women sit around a fire licking their fingers and eating what appears to be human flesh (there appears to be a man gnawing on an arm). Volck sought to convey what he viewed as the innate brutality of Haitians of African descent. Size in extent is for the mount. The actual size of the etching is 20.5 x 26.6 cm. Title in pencil on verso.

Background Information: Adalbert John Volck was a dentist, political cartoonist, and a caricaturist who sympathized with the Southern cause. During the Civil War, Volck supported the Confederacy through his satirical political cartoons. ...He also smuggled drugs and medical supplies for the Confederate army, and served as a personal courier to President Jefferson Davis. See More


Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Subjects: Art, Music, Theater, and FilmPropagandaAfrican American HistoryHaitian RevolutionCaribbeanImmigration and MigrationFreemenWomen's HistoryChildren and FamilyAtrocityCivil WarConfederate States of America

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