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Cartoon showing John Bull

Cartoon showing pro-slavery activist John Bull


John Bull taking a Clear View of the Negro Slave Question!! by George Cruikshank, 1826. Pro-slavery activists such as John Bull claimed that the slaves on the plantations were happy, well-fed and contented.

With thanks to Wilberforce House, Hull Museums, UK, for the use of this item.

The language used to describe people of African descent in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries is unacceptable in today’s terms. We cannot avoid using this language in its original context. To change the words would impose 20th century attitudes on history.

Creator: George Cruikshank

Date: 1826

Copyright: Hull City Museums and Art Galleries

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