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Little Citizens, North And South

December 2023
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With drooping diapers, paper hats, and saucepan drums the politically precocious children above are celebrating the Union victory at Vicksburg during the Civil War. The picture, entitled War Spirit at Home, was painted by Lilly Martin Spencer in 1866. The southern scene opposite was painted after the war, in 1868, but it appears to depict ante-bellum days. One can practically hear the music and smell the magnolias in this romantic scene of a white child serenaded by black musicians. Entitled Old Kentucky Home, it was painted by John Whetten Ehninarer.

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