Writing the Emancipation Proclamation

Writing the Emancipation Proclamation


Title: Writing the Emancipation Proclamation

Year: 1862

Creator: Adalbert John Volck, Engraving, Baltimore

Description: “Volck’s cartoon entitled “Writing the Emancipation Proclamation,” depicts Lincoln sitting in a devilish chamber while authoring the document. A demonic inkwell rests on the table, which also features ornate demonic figures. Lincoln is sitting in an aggravated position, as if he is being led on by some supernatural force. A picture of the slave riot in San Domingo hangs on the wall, signifying Volck’s predictions for the results of the Emancipation Proclamation in America. This theme of linking Lincoln with satanic imagery was very popular in the South.

URL: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/trm189.html