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"A Lesson in Geography," Raleigh News and Observer, June 26, 1900

Title

"A Lesson in Geography," Raleigh News and Observer, June 26, 1900

Description

This cartoon by Norman Jennett appeared in the Raleigh News and Observer, a Democratic newspaper, on June 26, 1900. Jennett depicted the state of North Carolina as a caricatured African-American man surround by white states which had already disfranchised African Americans or, in the case of Virginia, were in the process of doing so. The image suggested not only the fact that other Southern states had successfully adopted disfranchisement but, more importantly, that if North Carolina failed to do so it could become a bastion of “negro domination” in a sea of white supremacy. Some proponents of the Suffrage Amendment argued that if North Carolina failed to act, disfranchised African Americans from across the South might flock to the state so that they could exercise political power. This cartoon provided a visual representation of this idea, which was designed to push white voters into voting to disfranchise African Americans.

Creator

Norman Ethre Jennett

Source

Norman Ethre Jennett, "A Lesson in Geography," Raleigh News and Observer, June 26, 1900, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina, Microfilm.

Date

1900--06-26

Contributor

Erin Glant

Type

Document

Coverage

Raleigh, North Carolina
Wake County, North Carolina

Original Format

Cartoon

Text

A LESSON IN GEOGRAPHY

VIRGINIA CONVENTION CALLED TO DISFRANCHISE ALL NEGROES

TENNESSEE NEGROES HAVE NO VOICE IN POLITICS

GEORGIA NEGROES NOT IN IT

SOUTH CAROLINA ALL NEGROES DISFRANCHISED

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Citation

Norman Ethre Jennett, "A Lesson in Geography," Raleigh News and Observer, June 26, 1900, Civil War Era NC, accessed May 29, 2017, https://cwnc.omeka.chass.ncsu.edu/items/show/541.