Write It! - Day 7 | Free Blacks in 1837 Philadelphia
Day 7 Black History Month Write It! Series Photo of the Day!
Titled Philadelphia Fashions, 1837 the etching features a lovely couple of Free People of Color. However, this photo is more than meets the eye.
On the surface, the image appears to be harmless, quite beautiful actually. However, once inspected you realize that the artist used stereotypical language to degrade the couple in the etching. This image was a part of an entire series dedicated to mocking the dress and social aspirations of free blacks.
Zoom In - https://digital.librarycompany.org/islandora/object/digitool%3A130193
Andrew Diemer Article - http://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/free-black-communities/
Image - https://goo.gl/qkctpa
Picture Freedom: Remaking Black Visuality in the Early Nineteenth Century https://goo.gl/jht2Sp
Young America: Childhood in 19th-century Art and Culture https://goo.gl/kKfeia
Address to FPoc https://glc.yale.edu/address-delivered-free-people-color-june-1831