Hedgehog’s Grand Combination of the Powers of Darkness, Will Exhibit at Jake Key’s Roost, Thursday Evening, May 5th, 1870. [Philadelphia?]: No publisher, 1870. Letterpress broadside. 6.5 x 10 in. Small tear along upper edge, otherwise very good.
An anti-Fifteenth Amendment parody broadside in the style of early minstrelsy handbills. Printed in various fonts it lists the program with racist songs and “the whole to conclude with Hedgehog’s celebrated feat of swallowing a Live Negro!” The Fifteenth Amendment was ratified on February 3, 1870, which prohibited the denial of a citizen’s right to vote based upon “race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” The amendment was greeted with celebrations among African American and abolitionist communities with one of the largest held in Philadelphia on May 5, 1870, billed as the “Grand Celebration in Honor of the Ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment.” This anti-black broadside was likely printed as an attack on the official celebration.
Small tear along upper edge, otherwise very good.
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