Horatio Bateman’s “Recontruction” Engraving

Here is Professor Brook Thomas of the University of California-Irvine’s English Department giving us an analysis of the “Reconstruction” engraving produced by the artist Horatio Bateman.

The video’s description reads, “Professor Brook Thomas talked about the imagery and context of Horatio Bateman’s 1867 engraving called ‘Reconstruction.’ The highly detailed work is a utopian allegory of how federal Reconstruction programs will bring about the post-Civil War reconciliation between the North and South, including civil rights for freedmen and voting rights for women. This talk was part of a symposium hosted by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society.”


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