Gordon Under Medical Inspection
This image shows the scars resulting from severe lashings. This enslaved man was able to escape his master and get across union lines during the civil war. This image is discussed in Kathleen Collins, The Scourged Back, History of Photography, vol. 9 (1985), pp. 43-45; and Louis P. Masur, 'Pictures have now become a necessity', the use of images in American history textbooks, The Journal of American History, vol. 84 (1998), pp. 1416-1419. Harper's Weekly: A Journal of Civilization was an American political magazine based in New York City and published by Harper & Brothers from 1857 until 1916. It featured foreign and domestic news, fiction, essays on many subjects and humor, alongside illustrations. It covered the American Civil War extensively, including many illustrations of events from the war.
Harper's Weekly, (July 4, 1863), p. 429.
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"Gordon Under Medical Inspection", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed April 14, 2021, http://slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/1236