“A Typical Negro”: Gordon, Peter, Vincent Colyer, and the Story behind Slavery's Most Famous Photograph

@article{Silkenat2014ATN,
  title={“A Typical Negro”: Gordon, Peter, Vincent Colyer, and the Story behind Slavery's Most Famous Photograph},
  author={David Silkenat},
  journal={American Nineteenth Century History},
  year={2014},
  volume={15},
  pages={169 - 186}
}
  • David Silkenat
  • Published 2014
  • Sociology
  • American Nineteenth Century History
The image of the “scourged back” remains one of the most visually arresting depictions of slavery. Based on a photograph taken in Baton Rouge in April 1863 and later published in Harper's Weekly, it has become one of the most widely reprinted and recognizable images of American slavery. However, despite the image's ubiquity, we know relatively little about the image and the man featured in it. Most historians who have examined the image accept the narrative in the accompanying Harper's article… Expand
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