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The Stanley of 1861
The Stanley of 1861
Resource Typeimage
TitleThe Stanley of 1861
Coverage / Year1890
DescriptionImage from the New Hampshire Republican, v. 1 n. 4 (1890), [p. 7-8]. "THE STANLEY OF 1861 THROWING THE SUNLIGHT OF FREEDOM ON A DARK CONTINENT".
InterpretationHenry Morton Stanley (1841-1904) was, among other things, the first European explorer to trace the route of the Congo River from Central Africa to the Atlantic Ocean. Known also as the man who "found" the explorer David Livingstone in 1871, he continued exploring equatorial Africa after Livingstone's death in 1873. His explorations led the way for European colonization of Africa in the late nineteenth century. Here, the cartoon references Stanley's exploration of the "Dark continent, " as Africa was referred to at the time, and uses the name to refer to the slave-holding Southern states at the time of the Civil War. The Republican Party, led by President Abraham Lincoln, is thus paralleled with Stanley as bringing metaphorical light to the dark south by freeing the slaves.
Lesson Plans / ThemesCommunities and Geography; Antebellum Society and the Civil War
Learning Standards16 History; 13 Science, Technology and Society; 15 Economics; 18 Social Systems;
Author or CreatorUnknown
SourceFranklin J. Meine Collection, 1890-1985
Subject / KeywordsPolitical cartoons; New Hampshire Republican; Stanley, Henry M., 1841-1904; Livingstone, David, 1813-1873
Collection PublisherUIUC Rare Book & Special Collections Library;
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Resource IdentifierMeine 329.605 NE
CONTENTdm file name3122191352002_Stanley.jpg
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