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Illustrations of African Americans Freeing Themselves
by Moving Toward Union Lines
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General Tom Thumb and his bride grace the front page, but “The Effects of the Proclamation—Freed Negroes Coming Into Our Lines at Newbern, North Carolina” is the most significant illustration, occupying all of the fourth page. Also, “Departure of the Great Southern Expedition from Beaufort, North Carolina”; The Rebel Rams Engaging Our Blockading Fleet Off Charleston, South Carolina”; “Hearts and Hands, St. Valentine’s Day, 1863” is the romantic centerfold; “Ft.  Hindman, Arkansas”; “Iron Clad ‘Montauk’ Engaging the Rebel Fort M’Allister in the Ogeechee River.”

[EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION]. Newspaper. Harper’s Weekly, February 21, 1863. 16 pp., complete, disbound.
Image shown is a sample. To request an image of the copy currently available please email us at info@sethkaller.com

Inventory #H 2-21-1863       Price: $150

Harper’s Weekly was founded by Fletcher Harper in 1857. It soon became one of the nation’s most influential papers, and its images are central to any visual interpretation of nineteenth-century America.

Printed in New York, Harper’s covered the key events of the day, including politics and elections, the Civil War, sports, literature and arts. Each issue has at least ten engravings, as well as political cartoons, editorial essays, “Humors of the Day,” and fascinating advertisements. Harper’s are printed on rag paper—different in weight and quality than the pulp paper used for today’s news.

Thomas Nast, an early contributor, became Harper’s staff artist in 1862. During the Civil War, and through the 1880s, Nast’s images and reports were famous. His scathing cartoons brought an end to the notoriously corrupt New York “Tweed Ring” in 1872, and he created the Democratic Donkey, the Republican Elephant, and the modern image of Santa Claus.

Winslow Homer contributed to Harper’s beginning in 1858. Homer’s The Sharpshooter is arguably the most famous Civil War image, illustrating the first war in which the technology of impersonal killing became truly effective. Homer contributed drawings to Harper’s until 1875.

Reproductions of some issues are available online and in museum gift shops, but we sell only authentic original printings.


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