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
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.
- Woolf, Michael Angelo, 1837-1899
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Boston Public Library
Compromise of 1850 to Fort Sumter. Cartoon & caricature (shelf locator)
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Politics & government
- 1 print : lithograph ; 12 x 16 1/4 in.
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Entered according to act of Congress… by Thomas W. Strong, Depot 98 Nassau St.
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Caption on item: "I was murdered i 'the Capitol."
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