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Sash, c. 1820s
This predominantly red sash (“eskofatshi”) would have been worn by Choctaws across their chest, possibly crossed in pairs.

Sash: guide

Ship Duxbury for CA, 1849
Knowing that other ships heading to California during the Gold Rush would offer competition, Charles Coffin of Boston promoted special features of this ship.

Ship Duxbury: Guide

Buffalo Robe, 1850-1875
buffalo hide robes have bee important symbolic and practical articles of ornamented clothing for western Native Americans.

Buffalo Robe: Guide

Ishi, the Last Wild Indian, 2001
Ishi (c.1860-1916) was the last living member of the Yahi tribe, the southernmost tribe of the Yana people who inhabited northern California and the Sacramento Valley.
Ishi: Guide
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Description of a Slave Ship, 1789
Abolitionists widely distributed images such as this slave ship plan in order to support their argument that slavery was a demoralizing and inhumane way to treat human beings.
Slave Ship: Guide
Printed Handkerchief, "The Poor Slave," ca. 1830-1860
"The Poor Slave" handkerchief features text and religious scripture related to abolitionism and the reaction of children to the injustice of slavery.
Printed Handkerchief: Guide
Free!, c. 1863
Using typical household textiles and sewing techniques, Lucy Cleveland created vignettes of individual or multiple figure groupings that were at times humorous, touching, or political.
Free: Guide
Sarah Parker Remond, 1865
Noted international abolitionist speaker Sarah Parker Remond (1826-1894) is notable not only for her support of abolitionism, but also for her work as a successful woman in the public sphere.
Sarah Parker Remond: Guide
The Man that Blocks up tht Highway, 1866
Following President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865, Andrew Jackson became the new leader of the United States; many objected to his policies that limited the efforts to punish Southerners and expand African-American freedoms.
Andrew Johnson Print: Guide
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Lye-Tapley Shoe Shop, c. 1830
Prior to the industrial revolution, shoes were produced by master craftsmen who worked in small shops, called “10-footers,” which were attached or adjacent to their homes.
Lye-Tapley Shoe Shop: Guide
Attacking the Right Whale, c. 1835
This painting inspired a series of Currier & Ives prints, one of which, “Whale Fishery. Attacking a Right Whale,” became the 19th century’s most popular whaling print.
Attacking the Right Whale: Guide
Native Encampment at Salem, c. 1840
It is impossible to know whether the artist, Joseph Ropes, was merely painting an interesting local scene, or whether there is a political position expressed here.
Fireboard: the Great Gale of 1846, c. 1850
On September 19, 1846, ships from Marblehead were hauling fish from the Grand Banks of Newfoundland when a massive storm swept through and at least 11 ships were lost.
Great Gale: Guide
Panorama of a Whaling Voyage, c. 1860
This particular scene depicts a “hazing” or initiation rite for new sailors on a voyage that crossed the equator.
Panorama of a Whaling Voyage: Guide
Interior View of I.C. Pray's Stitching Shop..., c. 1863
The scene does not hint at labor unrest that disrupted the shoe industry only three years prior, nor does it suggest the exhausting labor that these women would have performed for low wages.
Pray's Stitching Shop: Guide
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