Pro-Slavery Ambrotype of a Political Cartoon, The Root of All Evil
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Pro-Slavery Ambrotype of a Political Cartoon, The Root of All Evil. America, c. 1856.
Ambrotype image of a drawing, signed, "Drawn by J.B.," featuring a man in suit and top hat, in profile, his torso attached to a stump radiating roots labeled with the following terms: Abolition, [New York] Tribune, John Brown, Kansas Independent, Pike's Peak, Infidelity, Horace Greeley, Free Love, Uncle Tom, Maine Law, Know Nothing, Sharps Rifles, North Church, Jabot, Dred Scott, H.W. Beecher, and F. Douglass; the image housed in an contemporary embossed leather case, with clasps and embossed red velvet lining, the spine has been repaired with tape; the image itself is dark around the edges, and sometimes hard to make out, the original drawing would have been larger, gold highlights added by hand; 4 3/4 x 3 3/4 in.
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