The Graduate Center - City University of New York

Writing the Emancipation Proclamation

Surrounded by symbols of Satanism and paintings honoring John Brown and slave rebellions, an inebriated Abraham Lincoln is shown as he drafted the Emancipation Proclamation. This caricature was part of a collection of etchings entitled Sketches from the Civil War in North America, 1861, '62, '63 by pro-South Democrat Baltimore dentist Adalbert Volck. Volck under the pseudonym V. Blada clandestinely published the collection during the war, but very few people actually saw the pictures until years later.

Creator: V. Blada (Adalbert J. Volck)

Date: 1863

Publisher: Adalbert J. Volck

Source: Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress