|Title||ABC in Dixie: a plantation alphabet (Q) |
|Author||Bonte, Louise Quarles; Bonte, George Willard, 1873- |
|Publisher Location||England--London |
|Publication Date||ca. 1900 |
|Image Production Process||Relief prints|
|Notes||Relief illustrations, color printed in Bavaria.|
An alphabet book with rhymes written in imitation of southern Black English of the 19th century and illustrations that depict a variety of stereotyped plantation characters.
"Q is fer Quentin who allus wuz free en puts on sich airs dat it's frightful ter see." [Q is for Quentin who always was free and puts on such airs that it's frightful to see.] The illustration depicts a man wearing a top hat, suit, cravat, and shined shoes with spats. In his hands are a cigarette, gloves, and a cane. In his lapel is a large yellow flower that matches his collared shirt.
|Contextual Notes||Right after the Civil War, books were published that attempted to refute the "immorality" of slavery. These books were often illustrated with photographs of former slaves dressed in outlandish costumes looking happy and content. Texts purported to document the kind and reasonable treatment of slaves in the South. All of these books relied on racial stereotypes. Racial stereotypes persisted in the United States long after the Civil War and these children's books were also especially popular in England. At about this same time, silent movies were showing white actors in blackface and featuring minstrel shows.|
George Willard Bonte was an artist well-known for his portraits and Louise Quarles Bonte was an artist well-known for her miniatures.
|Subjects (LCSH)||African Americans -- Southern States -- Caricatures and cartoons |
|Category||Discrimination and bigotry|
|Digital Collection||Children's Historical Literature Collection |
|Digital ID Number||CHL1126 |
|Repository||University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections Division |
|Repository Collection||Children's Historical Literature Collection. PE1155.B59 1900z |
|Physical Description|| p.: illustrated; 28.5 x 24 cm. |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Photographed from original book in TIFF format using a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/EOS 400D, resized and enhanced using Adobe Photoshop, and imported as JPEG2000 using Contentdm's software JPEG2000 Extension. 2009. |
|Exhibit Checklist||Exhibit checklist L.139 |