Portfolio Activity 3: Create Two Items with Complete Metadata

Topic- Slave Insurrection/ Propaganda

Source 1: Title- “Free Negroes in Haiti” Propaganda

  • Subject: Slave insurrection
  • Description: Racist satire created in order to spark fear among southerners. The satire depicts black Haitians acting like cannibalistic savages suggesting that freed slaves here would do the same.
  • Creator: Volck, Adalbert John, 1828-1912
  • Published by the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Originally published between 1863 and 1864
  • format PNG
  • Original Format Paper
  • Citation: Volck, Adalbert John, 1828-1912 artist, “”Free negroes in Hati” propaganda ,” My Omeka, accessed February 2, 2019,
  • Link: http://redpandamink.com/Omeka/items/show/1

Source 2: Title- Captain John Brown- “Treason”

  • Subject: Slave insurrection
  • Description: Calls for “All true Christians” to pray for John Brown after his attempted slave insurrection. This document shows how southern propaganda described John Brown as a criminal while abolitionist propaganda described him as a hero.
  • Creator: Somersworth
  • Source: Calls for “All true Christians” to pray for John Brown after his attempted slave insurrection. This document shows how southern propaganda described John Brown as a criminal while abolitionist propaganda described him as a hero.
  • Publisher: Virginia
  • Date: 1859
  • Rights: free use
  • Format: PNG
  • Original Format: Paper
  • Citation: omersworth, “Captain John Brown- “Treason” ,” My Omeka, accessed February 3, 2019,
  • Link: http://redpandamink.com/Omeka/items/show/2

Both these sources show two different reactions to the idea of a slave insurrection. The Haiti racist satire was created in order to spark a fear of slaves rebelling and gaining freedom. The image describes freed slaves as cannibals making them seem less than human. In contrast the paper on John Brown’s hanging describes a different reaction to a slave insurrection. The paper describes John Brown as a hero, calling all true Christians to pray for him. This paper shows how there were some who were very favorable to the idea of slave insurrection while the first source hoped to spark a fear of slave insurrection.

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