|Frederick Douglass spoke of gaining first the "cartridge box," and
then the "ballot box." Blacks generally felt that if they were to be
asked to defend the country, the country should give it the right to
participate in government as well. Take a good look at this
double-sworded man, leading a charge against a white man. This is a
violent image, and one that suggests an undercurrent of dislike for the
white establishment -- particularly democrats -- who would rather blacks
did not participate in government at all.
Inscription: "We will protect our country as it defends our rights." This could almost be rephrased as, "We will protect our country if it defends our rights."
The figure pictured could easily be Martin Delany.