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)
Publisher: Adalbert J. Volck
Source: Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress