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    Black Americana: Early Negro Suffrage Cartoon. Generally, blacks did not vote in antebellum America, North or South. There were rare instances where free blacks who met the property ownership requirements were able to do so. In any event, the idea of Negro suffrage was viewed by the white population as an absurdity. Accordingly, black citizens with aspirations to voting were the subject of derision. This 10" x 13" lithographed cartoon, circa 1840, shows two well-to-do black gentlemen discussing their choices for an upcoming election. They speak in Negro dialect. The shorter fellow indicates he wants to vote for Arthur Tappan (a noted abolitionist) for President and Thomas Earle for Governor, but has concluded to vote instead for a fellow black, Mr. Quominy Jones, since "... de white trash hab had de Presidumey since de scovery of 'Merica..." Trimmed along the right side, it has been backed with rice paper , filling in some loss, as shown. Earle ran for Vice President on the Liberty Party ticket in 1840.

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