Exhibit: "A Mockery of Justice: Caricature and the Dreyfus Affair"
Few trials in French history have been so decisive, and so divisive, as the twelve year trial, re-trial and eventual acquittal of the Jewish Captain Alfred Dreyfus, who, in 1894, was falsely accused of selling military secrets to the enemy German army. As Emile Zola suggested in his valiant editorial "J'Accuse!," Dreyfus's trial was much more than an evaluation of his culpability. Also at stake were the very principles upon which the Republic rested " liberte, egalite, fraternite" as the limits of citizenship were tested by the state's refusal to grant the Jewish Dreyfus a fair trial. Drawing from the David M. Rubenstein Library's recent acquisition of the Musee des horreurs, and its extensive collection of late-nineteenth- and early twentieth-century periodicals, this exhibition explores the presses' often satirical response to the Dreyfus Affair.