Mar 29, 2018 - Sale 2471

Sale 2471 - Lot 338

Price Realized: $ 1,170
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,200 - $ 1,800
(RECONSTRUCTION.) Plan of the Contemplated Murder of John Campbell. Illustrated broadside, 15 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches; minor wear at folds, spot-mounted to mat, small professional repair at the conjunction of the folds; contemporary inscription in lower margin. [North Carolina?], 1871

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A broadside account of the kidnapping, attempted lynching and subsequent release of John Campbell, a white man from Moore County, NC who had run afoul of the local Ku Klux Klan for his Republican views. The engraving shows a group of outlandishly cowled figures surrounding Campbell, who is on his knees and about to be lynched. Campbell was rescued at the last possible moment by a detachment of the United States Secret Service and his would-be killers were jailed. A re-enactment of the lynching was then staged with the confiscated Klan regalia, and this engraving was done from the resulting photograph. The inscription reads "Dear Father, You will see that the above is genuine. Show it to D.C. Hall and others who believe in no Ku-Klux. C.H.P." 3 examples traced in OCLC, and none others traced at auction. Hummel, Southeastern Broadsides 1811 (earlier edition).