The Innocent Cause of the War
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Patriotic covers were a popular form of visual propaganda and became a collector’s item during the Civil War. Produced both in the North and South, these envelopes featured patriotic imagery and slogans, although some—primarily printed in the North—employed stereotypical and exaggerated images of the speech, dress, and physical characteristics of African Americans.
This cover features a sympathetic portrait of a young black man, along with the motto in standard English—not the dialect seen with other versions of this image.