"Sambo" clock, c. 1875. (Chicago Historical Society)

"Sambo" clock, c. 1875.
(Chicago Historical Society)

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As white Americans grew weary of Reconstruction, derogatory images of African Americans became more prevalent and accepted in the North as well as in the South.

A mantle clock made in Connecticut portrays a black man as "Sambo," a naive, clownish figure that remained a familiar American stereotype well into the next century.

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