The Capitol Dome

Fall 2014

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"View of the Capitol of the United States, after the Conflagration, in 1814," from Jesse Torrey, A Portraiture of Domestic Slavery in the United States (Philadelphia, 1817), frontispiece. Chained and manacled, a group of slaves passes the burnt out Capitol, pausing beneath the figure of Liberty in the heavens above. This ironic commentary on the existence of slavery in the land of the free served as a reminder, in Torrey's words, of "an incontrovertible theorem, that the sentinels of Divine justice, are seldom trespassed upon, without regular and appropriate retribution, in some shape, and at some time or other." avery _in_the_United_States Boston Public Library, Rare Books Department; THE CAPITOL DOME 23

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