Sugar Cane Worker, Cuba, 1853

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Harper's New Monthly Magazine (January 1853), vol. 6, p. 169. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Merely captioned "A Field Negro," this sketch accompanies an article, "Three Weeks in Cuba, by an artist" (pp. 161-175). Descriptions of the island's black population are racist and ethnocentric, the illustration here depicts that "men work naked in the fields, except coarse linen pantaloons . . . . The whole race in Cuba are less intellectual in appearance than those of the United States where the African blood has a large portion of European alloy" (p. 169).