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Our national bird as it appeared when handed to James Buchanan, March 4, 1857. The identical bird as it appeared A. D. 1861

Our national bird as it appeared when handed to James Buchanan, March 4, 1857. The identical bird as it appeared A. D. 1861

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Title:
Our national bird as it appeared when handed to James Buchanan, March 4, 1857. The identical bird as it appeared A. D. 1861
Description:
The iconic national bird, representing the Union, is strong and healthy at the beginning of Democrat James Buchanan’s administration, but by the time Republican Abraham Lincoln assumed the Presidency, it is gaunt and emaciated reflecting the secession of 11 southern states from the Union. This political cartoon highlights the rising tensions over states’ rights during the antebellum period and the ultimate dissolution of the Union in 1861. The fact that Buchanan’s administration was riddled with corruption and charges of bribery and graft, only worsened the toll that years fighting over slavery and states’ rights had taken on the nation’s vitality.
Artist:
Woolf, Michael Angelo, 1837-1899
Name on Item:
Woolf
Date:
1861
Format:
Prints
Genre:
Political cartoons
Lithographs
Location:
Boston Public Library
Arts Department
Compromise of 1850 to Fort Sumter. Cartoon & caricature (shelf locator)
Collection (local):
Americana Collection
Subjects:
Eagles
Politics & government
Secession
Extent:
1 print : lithograph ; 12 x 16 1/4 in.
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Terms of Use:
No known copyright restrictions.
No known restrictions on use.
Publisher:
N. Y. : Entered according to act of Congress… by Thomas W. Strong, Depot 98 Nassau St.
Notes:
Title from item.
Caption on item: "I was murdered i 'the Capitol."
Language:
English
Accession #:
11_03_000078