Item #303819 The Negro Exodus - Scenes on the Wharves at Vicksburg. HARPER'S WEEKLY.

The Negro Exodus - Scenes on the Wharves at Vicksburg

New York: 1879.

Wood engraving. Image measures 9 1/2" x 13 1/2"

This fascinating print was published in the May 17, 1879 issue of Harper's Weekly. It depicts a steamboat departing from Vicksburg, Mississippi. Three white people are seen on the upper deck of the ship, while the lower deck is cramped with black families and their cargo, likely migrating to Kansas. Hundreds of African-Americans congregate at the docks to see them off. A Senate committee in 1880 reports on the exodus: "In the spring of 1879, thousands of colored people, unable longer to endure the intolerable hardships, injustice, and suffering inflected upon them by a class of Democrats in the South, had, in utter despair, fled panic-stricken from their homes and sought protection among strangers in a strange land. Homeless, penniless, and in rags, these poor people were thronging the wharves of Saint Louis, crowding the steamers on the Mississippi River, and in pitiable destitution throwing themselves upon the charity of Kansas."

Harper's Weekly was a New York-based illustrated political magazine published from 1857 until 1916. The magazine featured foreign and domestic news, fiction, essays on many subjects, and humor. Its most well-known contributor was Thomas Nast, who made his career doing political cartoons for the publication. This print is in very good condition. Archival tape repair to closed tear at upper margin, minor chips and tears to lower margin, not affecting the image.

Illustrator: James H. Moser
Binding: Unbound
Language: English

Price: $100.00

Item #303819