Describe two (2) examples of how either black slaves or white abolitionists used literature or the visual arts as a form of protest against slavery. Compare this to a modern example of art used for social protest.
- Chapter 29 (pp. 962-976); slavery, literature, and art
- Haven’s article on Goodman’s scholarship on art protesting slavery before the Civil War at http://news.stanford.edu/news/2009/february18/artists-slavery-protests-021809.html
- Art and Slavery article at http://www.realhistories.org.uk/articles/archive/the-art-of-slavery.html
Respond to the following statement:
In todays times slavery is abolished and a thing of the past, however unarmed minorities are being murdered at the hands of law enforcement officers at alarming rates. This is a grave injustice and it’s chilling to see art work that brings this to life so calmly. The artist shows how a helpless human is sitting on the ground with his hands in a praying position about to be decapitated and set on fire. This is a glimpse at what life is like for so many minorities. They do not pose any type of threat but are treated with excessive force to the point that their life is normally take.