Slaves found a variety of ways to resist their oppression. They told stories, they feigned illness, they maintained their own religious and cultural traditions, and, at times, they ran away.
1. Johnson painted at least three versions of A Ride for Liberty, all nearly identical. Why might a painter in the nineteenth century execute multiple copies of the same painting?
2. Because Johnson based his image on an actual incident, A Ride for Liberty might be considered a history painting, a popular genre in which artists used the canvas to narrate historical events. Can the painting be treated as an historical source?
3. How does a painting differ as an historical source from other documents such as letters and speeches?