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Black MilkImagining Slavery in the Visual Cultures of Brazil and America$
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Marcus Wood

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199274574

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274574.001.0001

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Slavery, American Graphic Culture, and Print Satire

Slavery, American Graphic Culture, and Print Satire

(p.71) Chapter 2 Slavery, American Graphic Culture, and Print Satire
Black Milk

Marcus Wood

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes the full range of woodcut, engraved, and lithographic visual satire generated in North America around the subjects of Atlantic slavery, the slave trade, and the Civil War. American graphic satire is considered in relation to its European models, and its novelty and semiotic radicalism are emphasised through the close reading of a variety of prints in different mediums. The latter stages of the chapter consider the manner in which the North American slave narratives exploited visual art, and the conventions of visual satire in particular. Both male and female escaped slaves, including Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and Sojourner Truth, emerge as both radical and sophisticated in terms of how they exploited a range of reproductive visual art in their various illustrated publications.

Keywords:   slavery, visual-satire, woodcut, lithography, engraving, Civil War, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth

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