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J.O.E. Attention South!! Abolish slavery.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06140 Author/Creator: J.O.E. Place Written: New York Type: Painting Date: 1857 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Abolitionist folk art depicting a weeping black male, chained and shackled in profile, surrounded by green curtains with yellow tassels. At top left are the words "Attention South!!" with the word "Abolish" at left and "Slavery" at right, signed in block letters at bottom "J.O.E. 1857 N.Y." All lettering is in red. Painted on laid paper that has been mounted to a sheet of marbled paper.

People: J.O.E., fl. 1857.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Slave Life, Art, Music, Theater, and Film, African American History, Abolition, Slavery, Reform Movement

Sub Era: Age of Jackson