Chapter 1

NCERT
Class 9
History
Solutions
1. Record your impressions of this print(fig.14). Describe the objects lying on the ground. What do they symbolise? What attitude does the picture express towards non-European slaves?

Question:

Record your impressions of this print(fig.14). Describe the objects lying on the ground. What do they symbolise? What attitude does the picture express towards non-European slaves?

Answer:

The given print symbolizes the superiority of French people against the slaves from Africa and Caribbean. French people considered them uncivilized. The slogan 'The Rights of man' symbolizes the fact that the former slaves will have equal rights because now they are free from European settlers. European clothes lying on the floor symbolize the European culture which is compared to the slaves. This depicts the racial and condescending attitude of the French people towards slaves.

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