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The carte de visite photograph depicts a former slave, Gordon, with severe scars on back from whipping; Printed text on verso describes the image; The image was widely circulated by Northern abolitionists to illustrate the brutality of slavery; The image originally appeared in the July 4, 1863, edition of Harper's Weekly along with an account of Gordon's escape and was attributed to McPhearson & Oliver in Baton Rouge; However, the image was later pirated by McAllister & Brothers and other entities
International Center of Photography. https://www.icp.org/browse/archive/objects/the-scourged-back (accessed June 7, 2018).
Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams
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4 X 2 1/2 inches
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albumen print on paper card
Verso: "THE SCOURGED BACK." / [Descriptive information follows.]
Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)
cartes de visite
[Physical ID#]: [Title], Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, Mississippi State University Libraries.
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Mississippi State University Libraries.
Philadelphia, PA: McAllister & Brothers
Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version).
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