CNN's Abby Phillip's video Where the fight for the Black vote really started | History Refocused at about the 6 minute mark during a discussion of reconstruction, a work of art is shown during narration, called Bateman's National Picture; Black-and-white reproduction of an illustration of an allegorical representation of Reconstruction, c.1867 See also Smithsonian Museum of American History's Reconstruction.
The caption at the bottom of the engraving says:
Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1867 by Horatio Bateman, in the Clerks Office of the District Court of the U.S. for the S. District of N.Y.
Question: What 1867 act of US congress entered this painting for the Southern District of New York? What did this act of congress actually do?
- https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Reconstruction_-_eng._by_J.L._Giles,_N.Y._;_printed_by_F(rancis)_Ratellier,_171_Broadway,_N.Y._LCCN2004665356.jpg (with a link to the largest size reproduction I can find)