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Beyond Face Value: Depictions of Slavery in Confederate Currency

The Images: Post Civil War Scenes

Alabama, Great Southern Life Insurance Co. (no date)

Notice the exaggerated smiles on the faces of the slaves depicted here.

Delaware, San Francisco Textile Mills Inc. stock certificate (1925)

Note the presence of white workers in the field scenes to the left and right of main vignette.

Note the grotesque facial characteristics of the individual,
in great contrast to pre-Civil War depictions.

State of Louisiana, Shreveport and Houston Railway Company, $1000 gold bond, 1884 proof