Artistic Medium Analysis. Slavery and Emancipation. Title: “The Kneeling Slave” Artist: Unknown Year: 18 th Century Medium: Oil on canvas.
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Slavery and Emancipation
Key images:--shackled man--little clothing--tropical location?--palm trees--”Am I Not a Man and a Brother” --light from sky shining on his face?--mountains or water in background--praying?
Key images:--”forever free”--”maintain the freedom of such persons”--”I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind and the gracious favor of Almighty Lord.”
What is missing?--Who will ensure the freedom of all?--What is the penalty for not allowing others freedom that has been legally granted?
Conclusions: Artwork was a powerful medium to send the message about the importance of equality.Executive orders can be an important tool in human/civil rights.
Slavery was a contentious issue. Artwork was a powerful medium in illustrating the struggle for freedom.
Executive order was needed to ensure freedom for all. Legal documents can help us learn about the struggles of a time period.