Thursday, May 3, 2012

A Different Kind of Secession

On the Library of Congress website there are a number of examples of Civil War era envelopes. These rare pieces of ephemera provide a unique perspective on this contentious time period in that they show diverse examples of expressions of patriotism. Many of them are satirical, such as the one above, which shows a slave woman and her boy child "seceding" from their life in bondage by running away.

Courtesy Library of Congress

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