- Oct 22, 2012
All theories regarding conspicuous consumption and juvenile-caretaker bonding seem quite plausible, in view of not ONE pic ever seen during my entire life that depicts a Black male slave with his white captors' entourage.
@CLuckJD, it's important to note that photography was just coming into being during the Civil War period. Photographs of people who were slaves at that time are very rare for this reason.
It didn't really exist, particularly in the rural South, so don't read too much into this.
BTW, welcome to CivilWarTalk.