Lastly, this cartoon expresses the fear that given an inch, freedmen would
mile. Many Englishmen felt that in emancipating the slaves, America would
unable to control her freedmen. In his essay "The Negro and the
Charles Mackay asserts, "In liberating the negroes by the sword, the North
become a slave." (Charles Mackay, "The Negro and the Negrophilists," in Images of Race, ed.
Michael D. Biddis (New York: Holmes & Meier, 1979), p. 93.) America will now be forced to cater to the desires of
who will demand more and more rights as they taste more and more freedom.
in this cartoon speaks to his master in a condescending, threatening tone.
the artist, can we be sure that once slaves are granted freedom, they will
to gain power over us? This question is not answered in the cartoon.
[Victorian initial "T" by Harlan Wallach ©copyright 1994.]
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