Graphic photo tells story of slavery “to the eye.”
I’ve shown this photo to thousands of people … in homes and churches and meeting rooms. But I didn’t know the story behind the photo until I read it today. The piece was written by Frank H. Goodyear, III, assistant curator of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery. The man in the photo was identified as Gordon … only as Gordon … with no last name. Excerpts:
[Photography] also played an influential role in broadening the national debate about slavery. As this famous photograph suggests, photography was capable of communicating powerful ideas about the so-called “peculiar institution”—ideas that ultimately undermined the prevailing notion that slavery was a benign tradition. (emphasis added)
Recognized as a searing indictment of slavery, Gordon’s portrait was presented as the latest evidence in the abolitionist campaign. An unidentified writer for the New York Independent wrote: “This Card Photograph should be multiplied by 100,000, and scattered over the States. It tells the story in a way that even Mrs. [Harriet Beecher] Stowe [author of the 1852 book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin] can not approach, because it tells the story to the eye.” (emphasis added)
Link to entire story here.
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