Original 1860 Slave Census
You are viewing an
original 1861 Civil War leaf featuring the results of the 1860 Slave
Census. It is from an original 1861 edition of Harper's Weekly, the most
popular illustrated newspaper of the day. Note that this is not a
reprint, and I absolutely guarantee its authenticity. This leaf is over
140 years old, and the date is clearly marked on the front of print. On
the day this leaf was printed, Abraham Lincoln was president of the United
States, the Civil War was underway, and Men and Women across this land
were being held in bondage.
This is an extremely
rare and highly collectible document. The upper left corner features a
table with the result of the 1860 Slave Census. The table shows the
number of free men, and number of slaves in each of the states, along with
the number of Representatives each state would have in the upcoming 38th
congress. It is fascinating to study the details. First, we learn that
there were 3,949,557 adults being held in slavery in this country. The
table also breaks down the population of each state between Free and
Slave. Interestingly, several states had more slaves than free men. The
document includes a nice story on the census, as well as news of the day.
You will simply not want to miss
this rare document. It serves as a poignant reminder of one of the
darker chapters of our Nation. As you hold the document in your
hand, imagine the world on the day it was printed. Remember the
countless people being held under the oppression of Slavery.
Original Slave material from the Civil War is
becoming increasingly difficult to find as it is being quickly scooped
up by serious collectors and investors, and this is a particularly nice
piece. The illustration will make a stunning display when placed in
your office or study. It would make an excellent addition to your
collection, or a wonderful gift for anyone interested in Black American
History. I assure you that this leaf will not only be cherished by its
new owner, but by generations to come. What other purchase that you
make this year will have such enduring value?
Unlike newsprint of this century, these older,
original pages do not yellow and fall apart. The reason is that modern
newspapers use an acid based process. Remnant acid in the paper causes
the paper to quickly yellow and deteriorate. A different process was
used in the mid-1800's which yielded an exceptional quality paper that
will last for centuries. Special acid free mats should be used when you
frame this piece to ensure that it will last another 150 years. Acid
free mats are available at most better frame shops. If you have any
questions related to handling or framing this piece feel free to email
me. The print is approximately 11x16 inches. I have been collecting
Civil War Newspapers for over 10 years. It is a fascinating hobby, and
I find that these pieces really get noticed when framed and displayed.
The leaf is in very good condition. It has the rich
sepia toning that you expect in original material from this period.
There are a few spots of minor foxing.