Through My Eyes

the thoughts and musings of Justin Thorp; the 21 year old college of God...friend...boyfriend...and internet geek

Friday, April 01, 2005

Lincoln Conf: Harold Holzer - The Images of the Emancipation

There is a famous painting of Lincoln's first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation to his cabinet. This photo was originally shown in an exibition in the East Wing of the White House. It was very well received. This has served as a print that reminds us of one the greatest events in the history of liberty.

Prints of this photo and others could provide as historical milestones of the great events.

Many prints were used in the course of his campaign for him to communicate his image. Print makers made him one of the most well know images of his time. During that time people were hungry for images of the news of that time.

People were slow to want the prints of the Emancipatioin Procamation. The images or prints weren't created by political parties but by independent print makers. This may be another reason why there weren't many prints of this event.

Lincoln supported a few projects of paintings of him during the time of the Emancipation Proclamation. Lincoln never stopped working but he let painters observe him. The photo was turned into a print and was distributed. It was popular duing his election of 1864. It was a photo that was copied by many.

After a the war there were a few Anti-Lincoln photos that emerged. None of the photos really saw the light of day till after the civil war. There is an anti-Lincoln image that was spreading among the American underground. A lot of the anti-Lincoln photos dealed with race.

A few calligraphers took a photo of Lincoln and the words of the Emancipation Proclamation and made a picture of Lincoln using the words.

This one photo Lincoln reading to the Emancipation Proclamation to his cabinet was just so popular. It was even pirated a few times.


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