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.
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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  You may recognize this quote from your United States Passport. It is the only quote on this document from a woman, and one of only two from an African-American individual, the other being a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Cooper’s commentary on freedom is taken from an essay entitled “‘Woman versus… MORE