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In the etching, Volck criticizes the Union cause by depicting several key people gathered around an altar performing a ritual, literally built upon Negro Worship, Free Love, Witchburning, Socialism, Atheism, Rationalism, and Puritanism. Well-known individuals depicted include a devil-like Abraham Lincoln, Henry Ward Beecher, Horace Greely, and Charles Sumner. A crowd of Union sympathizers look on at the ritual. A group of representatives from the Holy Cause of the Contractors stand in the far distance of the image, representing the Confederacy's belief that the North was profiting off of the war on the South.
National Portrait Gallery. http://npg.si.edu/object/npg_NPG.79.95.A (accessed June 18, 2018).
Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams
Approximate Creation Date
8 X 10 1/2 inches
Materials and Techniques Display
etching on paper
In plate, below image: WORSHIP OF THE NORTH in plate, below image, handwritten in pencil: 1
Satire, American; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Caricatures and cartoons
[Physical ID#]: [Title], Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, Mississippi State University Libraries.
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