Southern Paternalism - Slaveholders were preoccupied with presenting slavery as a benign, paternalistic institution in which the planter took care of his family, "black and white," and slaves were content with their fate. In order to perpetuate this romanticized version of life under slavery, the slave trader had to be painted as a social outcast.
Eastman Johnson (American, 1824-1906). Old Kentucky Home (Negro Life at the South), 1859.
Oil on canvas. 36 x 45 1/4 in. (91.4 x 114.9 cm). The Robert L. Stuart Collection. (S-225).
Collection of The New York Historical Society, on permanent loan from The New York Public Library.