The Booroom Slave.
[Pub. by R. Ackermann, 1828.]
Steel engraving on india, sheet 115 x 75mm (4½ x 3"). Trimmed inside platemark, losing publication line; creasing on top left.
Young slave kneeling in prayer, from an 1827 painting by Henry Thomson. This print was published in the 'Forget Me Not' of 1828, where it was accompanied by a short story, 'The Booroom Slave', by the Sarah Bowditch, wife of African traveler Thomas Edward Bowditch. Bowditch's story described the plight of Inna, an African chief's daughter abducted by slave traders of Bowditch's story. The same image was subsequently used as the frontispiece for the first antislavery book published in the United States, Lydia Maria Child's 'An Appeal in Favour of That Class of Americans Called Africans'. The popularity of the image can be seen from its later use in banners in other abolitionist materials in the US. Early state before text altered.
For more information, see: Jo-Ann Morgan, 'Uncle Tom's Cabin as Visual Culture'; William Dillon Pierson, 'Black Legacy: America's Hidden Heritage'; and particularly Jill Rappoport, 'Giving Women: Alli
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