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Worship of the North. (Plate 1)

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Identifier: P0293-0742

Title: Worship of the North. (Plate 1)

Description: Group of northern social, political, and military figures kneeling around an altar built of blocks labeled "Negro Worship, Spirit Rapping, Free Love, Witch Burning, Socialism, Atheism, Rationalism, Puritanism." On top of the altar a nude, white man in chains is being sacrificed by a knife-wielding figure resembling abolitionist, Henry Ward Beecher. With the other hand, Beecher points at a pedestal labeled "Chicago Platform" with an African American man seated on top. In the top corners the word "Ego" is printed in the center of a sunburst. "Worship of the North" is printed below image and handwritten in pencil on the back. The etching was one of ten pro-Confederate political cartoons drawn by Adalbert J. Volck in 1863 and published under the pseudonym V. Blada as "Sketches from the Civil War in North America." The initial edition of the cartoons was distributed to subscribers and was limited to 200 copies.


Place: United States

Dates: 1863

Type(s): Etching

Maker/Creator: Adalbert John Volck

Subjects: etching
V. Blada
black and white
Civil War, 1861-1865
Political cartoons
Sketches from the Civil War in North America
Henry Ward Beecher
Charles Sumner
Benjamin Butler


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