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What constellation of private and national interests were at play in the relationships portrayed in image A?

Questions for Analysis
Write out your answers to the questions below.
What constellation of private and national interests were at play in the relationships portrayed in image A? What significance might contemporaries have attached to the possibility that the British may have chosen to buy their cotton from an Asian source “over the way” rather than from North America?
In image B, what is the message of the cartoon’s suggestion that the slave and the worker might discover their equality only in the fact that they are both in chains? What was at stake in comparing a worker to a slave in mid-nineteenth-century Europe? Why does the caption read “Poor Consolation?”
How does the racial imagery of these images relate to their intended message?