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Homer print... Nast Emancipation illustration... Slave auction...
Item # 634812
January 24, 1863
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, January 24, 1863
* Thomas Nast on the Emancipation of Negroes
* Winslow Homer print
* Print of a slave pen - great contrast with the emancipation-themed print
* Reference to the infamous "Weeping Day" auction near Savannah, Georgia
This issue contains a full page by Winslow Homer: "Winter Quarters in Camp--The Inside of a Hut", and a fine centerfold by Thomas Nast: "The Emancipation of the Negroes, January, 1863--The Past and the Future" with several vignettes. This also has an accompanying article which explains the illustration and references the famous Mr. Pierce M. Butler slave auction which took place on March 2-3, 1859 outside of Savannah, Georgia (The "Weeping Day" auction). This was the largest selling of humans in the United States -- 436 men, women and children, and includes quoted text from the original newspaper coverage.
The front page includes two 1/4 pg. prints: "Major-General William T. Sherman" and "Brigadier-General Alvin P. Hovey", plus a half page print: "The New Orleans Market--Soldiers Exchanging Rations for Fruit". Also . Another half page print has: "The Army Telegraph--Setting Up the Wire During an Action", and small prints of: "The Army Telegraph--The Operator at Work" and "A Signal Station at Night".
In contrast to the emancipation-themed print is a nearly half page print: "A Slave-pen at New Orleans--Before the Auction. A Sketch of the Past" which has a small accompanying article, and two more half page prints: "The Wreck of the Iron-Clad 'Monitor" and "Secesh Women Leaving Washington for Richmond".
The back page features 3 political cartoons. Complete in 16 pages and in good condition, although the double-page centerfold print has typical small binding holes, and there is an average amount of foxing throughout.
Category: The Civil War