This article considers Augustus Washington’s mid-nineteenth-century Liberian daguerreotypes as propositions about a new nation. It suggests that Washington understood the power of his images as propaganda for viewers in the United States and also as documents that registered the promise of a black nation for Americo-Liberians. Even as Washington created an idealized image of Liberian leaders, he also remained critical of them, knowing that his daguerreotype portraits established a mark not yet realized by the new nation.
Shawn Michelle Smith; Augustus Washington: Looks to Liberia. Nka 1 November 2017; 2017 (41): 6–13. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10757163-4271608
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