By the turn of the twentieth century, American visual culture had cleaved two distinct paths for white and black children. Images found in advertising, literature, and social science journals painted a delinquent, diseased, and dehumanized portrait of black childhood. Those visuals stood in marked contrast to angelic profiles of white children. Such a divide held profound consequence, both ideological and practical, in the post-emancipation era—helping to define the boundaries of childhood innocence; the terms of full citizenship; and, among other concerns, the bodily integrity of black Americans.
19th CenturyAntebellum America
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Poems: Erasure Timeline October 16, 1854: Abraham Lincoln’s “Peoria Speech” The repeal of the Missouri Compromise, and the propriety of its restoration, constitute the subject of what I am about to say. As I desire to present my own connected view of this subject, my remarks will not be, specifically, an answer to Judge… MORE
Introduction Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass is remembered as one of the leading abolitionists in American history. His revolutionary thoughts as a former slave turned political leader and orator served as a major foundation of antebellum anti-slavery ideology, culminating in emancipation. Less known, however, is how Douglass propagated abolitionist thought and re-energized the transatlantic debate on… MORE