Monday, February 13, 2006

Black History Month, Reconstruction Policy

TITLE: The reconstruction policy of Congress, as illustrated in California, CALL NUMBER: PC/US - 1867.A000, no. 24 (A size), [P and P], REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZC4-5758 (color film copy transparency) LC-USZ62-702 (b and w film copy neg.), MEDIUM: 1 print : Lithograph on wove paper ; 36.8 x 27.2 cm (image), CREATED/PUBLISHED: 1867

NOTES: Title appears as it is written on the item., Weitenkampf, pp. 154, "Image of America", p. 83, Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1867-3.

REPOSITORY: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, DIGITAL ID: (color film copy transparency) cph 3g05758 ,CARD #: app1994000617/PP

Reconstruction Policy

Reconstruction Policy

Credit Line: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [reproduction number, LC-USZC4-5758]

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Digital ID: cph 3a04618Source: b&w film copy neg.Medium resolution JPEG version (54 kilobytes) Retrieve uncompressed archival TIFF version (1,749 kilobytes)

SUMMARY: A satire aimed at California Republican gubernatorial nominee George C. Gorham's espousal of voting rights for blacks and other minorities. Brother Jonathan (left) admonishes Gorham, "Young Man! read the history of your Country, and learn that this ballot box was dedicated to the white race alone. The load you are carrying will sink you in perdition, where you belong, or my name is not Jonathan." He holds his hand protectively over a glass ballot box, which sits on a pedestal before him. At center stands Gorham, whose shoulders support, one atop the other, a black man, a Chinese man, and an Indian warrior.

The black man complains to Gorham, ". . . I spose we'se obliged to carry dese brudders, Kase des'se no stinkshun ob race or culler any more, for Kingdom cum." Gorham replies, "Shut your mouth Cuffy--you're as indiscreet as Bidwell [another gubernatorial nominee] and Dwinelle--here's the way I express it--The war of opinion is not yet fought through.

It must go on until national citizenship shall no longer be controlled by local authority, and "Manhood alone" shall be the test of the right to a voice in the Government.'"Chinese man: "Boss Gollam belly good man. He say chinaman vo-tee all same me1ican man--Ketch--ee mine all same--no pay taxee--belly good." Indian: "Chemue Walla! Ingen vote! plenty whisky all time--Gorom big ingin." At right a man in a top hat, holding a monkey on a leash, calls out mockingly, "Say, Gorham! put this Brother up."

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