The Graduate Center - City University of New York

"MASKS AND FACES. King Abraham before and after Issuing the EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION."

Only a relative handful of cartoons were produced in the South during the Civil War. In September 1862, a Richmond publishing firm established the Southern Illustrated News, a weekly that aimed to create a pictorial record of the South at war. The Confederacy did not possess the necessary resources for publishing any pictorial paper comparable to the North's Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper or Harper's Weekly. That limitation extended to the cartoons published in the southern newsweekly—as well as to those appearing in the short-lived humor monthly Southern Punch, published in Richmond from 1863 to 1865. This crudely rendered November 1862 Southern Illustrated News cartoon was an enraged response to the Emancipation Proclamation. Revealing the Devil hidden behind a mask of Lincoln’s face, the proclamation lies at his feet. In the distance, a gallows stands atop the still-unfinished Washington Monument—the punishment to be inflicted upon “King Abraham” for his deed.

Date: November 8, 1862

Publisher: Southern Illustrated News

Source: Harpweek