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Large scorpion with a cotton bale as its head and a lighted torch as its stinger is surrounded by naval and land forces.

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Title
Large scorpion with a cotton bale as its head and a lighted torch as its stinger is surrounded by naval and land forces.
Collection

Wallach Division Picture Collection

American History -- 1860s

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1862-05-24
Library locations
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection
Shelf locator: PC AME-186
Topics
Scorpions
History -- United States -- Civil War, 1861-1865
United States -- 1860-1869
Warships -- United States -- 1860-1869
Cotton industry
Economic aspects of war
Genres
Editorial cartoons
Notes
Content: Printed on border: "Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, May 24, 1862." "96." "'The scorpion is one of the most stupid as well as one of the most venomous of insects. It carries its sting in its tail--never biting as is supposed by the vulgar. When 'cornered,' and no avenue of escape appearing, it usually stings itself to death--striking its poisonous sting into its own head, which is the softest and consequently the most vulnerable part of its body.' -- Child's book of natural history."
This cartoon satirizes the South's dependence on what they referred to as "King Cotton", the region's main cash crop that was needed by the textile mills of England. In the picture, the scorpion, representing cotton, is surrounded by the troops and ships of the Union's coastal blockade of the South. Unable to export their product, the South will be forced to destroy it themselves or see it rot on their wharves. This dilemma is compared to a myth which says that a cornered scorpion will sting itself to death rather than submit to its enemy.
Physical Description
Wood engravings
Extent: 1 print : b ; 18 x 26 cm. (7 x 10 1/4 in.)
Type of Resource
Still image
Identifiers
Dynix: 1677173
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b17613364
Barcode: 33333159319314
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b52ffa90-c531-012f-f658-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1862: Issued
  • 2014: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

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The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Large scorpion with a cotton bale as its head and a lighted torch as its stinger is surrounded by naval and land forces." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1862-05-24. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/510d47e0-f83e-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Large scorpion with a cotton bale as its head and a lighted torch as its stinger is surrounded by naval and land forces." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed November 18, 2019. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/510d47e0-f83e-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. (1862-05-24). Large scorpion with a cotton bale as its head and a lighted torch as its stinger is surrounded by naval and land forces. Retrieved from http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/510d47e0-f83e-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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Large scorpion with a cotton bale as its head and a lighted torch as its stinger is surrounded by naval and land forces.