Cotton is King, Plantation Scene, Georgia, 1895

Summary

This stereograph depicts people picking cotton while a man on horseback oversees the work. This juxtaposition and the term, "plantation," reinforced associations between African Americans and enslavement. The message, conveyed in six languages, reached consumers as violence against African Americans increased and as state laws and the Plessy v Ferguson court decision legalized racial discrimination.

This stereograph depicts people picking cotton while a man on horseback oversees the work. This juxtaposition and the term, "plantation," reinforced associations between African Americans and enslavement. The message, conveyed in six languages, reached consumers as violence against African Americans increased and as state laws and the Plessy v Ferguson court decision legalized racial discrimination.

Artifact

Stereograph

Date Made

1895

Subject Date

1895

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

2020.0.1.29

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Card stock

Technique

Gelatin silver process
Printing (Process)

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 3.5 in

Width: 7 in

Inscriptions

front, left side: Underwood & Underwood, Publishers. / New York, London, Toronto-Canada, Ottawa-Kansas. front, right side: Works and Studios / Arlington, N.J. Littleton, N.H. Washington, D.C. front, bottom, right side: (21) Cotton is King, Plantation scene, Georgia. / Copyright 1895 by Strohmeyer & Wyman

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