Proclamation of Emanicpation
Printed in Phliadelphia in 1865, this stylized commemorative copy of the Proclamation celebrates many of the abolitionists who struggled for the demise of slavery. It also depicts some of the viciousness and brutality of slavery and stylizes the life of the slaves after the Proclamation. Under the wings of the eagle at the center of the image is George Washington. He is flanked by images of John Wesley, Judge Joseph Story (who presided over the Amistad case), Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, William Penn, and John Quincy Adams. Two prominent female abolitionists, Lucretia Mott and Lydia Maria Child, are also featured. At the center bottom of the print is Abraham Lincoln who is surrounded by abolitionists, including author and preacher J. S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbot of Maine and reformer and Unitarian hymn writer William H. Burleigh of Connecticut. To Lincoln's left are General James Lane of Kansas, Salmon P. Chase, William Seward, Benjamin Butler, Rev. Nathan Brown, and William Phillips. To the right are images of Horace Greely, Charles Sumner, Cassius M. Clay, John C. Frémont, Colonel Owen Lovejoy, Henry Ward Beecher, and Garrett (Gerrit) Smith. The left border of the image depicts the capture and sale of Africans into slavery, a head harness used to restrict the movement of a slave, and dogs and slave catchers in hot pursuit of runaways. The right border, on the other hand, depicts romanticized images of the formerly enslaved people being taught, a father joyfully reuniting with his child, a black man tilling his own soil, and a man who has left his plow and has taken up books and learning instead.