Is Slavery Immoral?
Georgia Scott and Alan Koo
In this Tomitude, the slave is not shown in a hurtful position of subjugation. He is seen enjoying his day with a young, white girl, not chained or laboring in pain.
In this puzzle, the slaves appear happy and do not look like they are in any pain from working, showing how slavery is no longer seen as bad.
In this advertisement, the slave looks happier than her white counterpart. This shows how the media portrays slavery as something of enjoyment and not immoral.
Hidden Messages of the time period by Georgia Scott
What is Surprising? by Georgia Scott
Subtle Messages By Alan Koo
During the slavery era, visual media and art tended to convey the idea that racism and prejudice were acquired characteristics, as is shown through the portrayal of innocent Eva, who spends time with Topsies and Uncle Tom unaware of society’s attitude towards Blacks. Other visual mediums portrayed slavery as an everyday aspect of life, so conventional and firmly in place that any abolition legislation would rip apart an integral fabric of Southern life. Visual art conveyed this attitude by drawing slaves as happy, in better clothes, and rarely laboring, therefore glorifying their position in society.