Depictions of Slavery in Confederate and Southern States Currency
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Images on Southern currencies circulating throughout the country were designed to reinforce Southern convictions about the legitimacy of enslaved labor and to convince Northerners of its beneficial nature for Africans. Images were increasingly characterized by smiling workers and well dressed blacks in happy scenes. Note the painful hypocrisy in portraying a happy mother and child within a system that routinely separated families and sold children.



The Franklin G. Burroughs
Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
3100 South Ocean Boulevard
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

"Slave Mother and Child"
Collection of Sybil Y. Parson
High Point, North Carolina


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