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Picturing Political PowerImages in the Women's Suffrage Movement$
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Allison K. Lange

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226703244

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226703381.001.0001

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Portraits as Politics

Portraits as Politics

(p.53) 3: Portraits as Politics
Picturing Political Power

Allison K. Lange

University of Chicago Press

To counter decades of mocking pictures, women’s rights leaders deployed portraits as their representatives to the public, especially beginning in the 1860s. The third chapter situates the damaging cartoons alongside portraits of reformers Lucretia Mott and Sojourner Truth. Female activists incorporated visual strategies from the antislavery movement. They also learned from the successful efforts raise Abraham Lincoln’s profile by circulating his portrait during his presidential campaign. Female reformers took advantage of the new technology of photography and its association with the truth. They distributed their photographic portraits to demonstrate their femininity and advance their cause. The pictures made them famous, but their similarity to portraits of male politicians only proved to some that political women threatened American values.

Keywords:   Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Visual culture, illustrated newspapers, carte de visite photographs, women's suffrage, antislavery movement, cartoons

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