This broadside was published in response to a February 1837 resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives that slaves do not possess the right of petition secured to the people by the Constitution. The vivid image of the supplicant slave in chains, in combination with John Greeleaf Whittier’s (1807–1892) moving poem “Our Countrymen in Chains!,” provides a powerful statement for the abolitionist cause.

Book excerpt: Warren, David B., Michael K. Brown, Elizabeth Ann Coleman, and Emily Ballew Neff. American Decorative Arts and Paintings in the Bayou Bend Collection. Houston: Princeton Univ. Press, 1998.


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Author
American
Poem by John Greenleaf Whittier, American, 1807–1892
Title
Am I Not a Man and a Brother?
Date
c. 1837
Medium
Wood engraving on wove paper
Dimensions
19 7/8 × 11 3/4 in. (50.5 × 29.9 cm)
Credit Line

The Bayou Bend Collection, museum purchase funded by various donors

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
B.95.4
Classification
Prints
Provenance

Acquired April 17, 1995, from Kennedy Galleries, Inc., NYC.