Early American History Seminar: Corey Capers, University of Illinois at Chicago

Thursday, October 18, 2007

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Early American History and Culture Seminar

“Practical Blackness: Racial Publicity, Satire and the Terms of Order in the Early Republic North”
Corey Capers, University of Illinois at Chicago
Coincidental with the so-called “Era of Good Feelings” and appearing into the 1830s a series of racist prints now known as “Bobalition Broadsides” emerged in Boston and its environs. These prints employed graphic caricature, mock toasts, and a fictive black dialect to ridicule African American anniversary celebrations of the US abolition (Bobalition) of the Atlantic slave trade in 1808. This paper explores how and to what end these racist prints emerged out of Anglo-American satiric practice and argues that their racism was a continuation of Federalist cultural politics.