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New method of assorting the mail, as practised by Southern slave-holders, or attack on the Post Office, Charleston, S.C.

New method of assorting the mail, as practised by Southern slave-holde...

A portrayal of the nocturnal raid on the Charleston post office by a mob of citizens and the burning of abolitionist mails found there in July 1835. Mail sacks are handed through a forced window of the ransack... More

The Democratic funeral of 1848 - Political cartoon, public domain image

The Democratic funeral of 1848 - Political cartoon, public domain imag...

Foreseeing political death for the Democrats in the election, the artist imagines a funeral of the party's standard-bearers with a procession of the faithful. Democratic senators (left to right) Sam Houston of ... More

Scene in a New Hampshire court.--General Pierce examining a witness. Scene in a New Hampshire village.--Pierce the good Samaritan

Scene in a New Hampshire court.--General Pierce examining a witness. S...

Two humorous incidents supposedly from the life of Franklin Pierce. On the left, a repartee wherein Pierce, the distinguished trial lawyer, is embarrassed by an ignorant witness. Armed with pages of notes, Pie... More

Loco Foco hunters treeing a candidate

Loco Foco hunters treeing a candidate

A satire on the Democrats' or "Loco Focos'" 1852 pursuit of Franklin Pierce for the presidential nomination. At the foot of the White Mountains in the "Dismal Swamp," an immense, swampy region of North Carolina... More

The old general ready for a "movement"

The old general ready for a "movement"

Confident Union propaganda from the summer of 1861, claiming dominance over Confederate troops led by generals P. G. T. Beauregard and Gideon Pillow. Union commander Winfield Scott sits on a mound in the cente... More

Heads of the democracy - Drawing. Public domain image.

Heads of the democracy - Drawing. Public domain image.

Purchase; Old Print Shop; 1985; (DLC/PP-1985:492). Unprocessed in PR 13 CN 1985:492.

A strenuous reciprocity counter, Political Cartoon

A strenuous reciprocity counter, Political Cartoon

Cartoon shows a boxing sugar beet "Producers" punching Theodore Roosevelt labeled "Reciprocity Champion" with fists labeled "Teller Investigation" and "Reciprocity Resolution Cuban Congress Nov. 28, '02." Ro... More

Why not wear brogans? Shoes are too small

Why not wear brogans? Shoes are too small

Cartoon shows Republican House Majority Leader Sereno Payne standing on two documents, "Tariff Law 1897 [subsection mark] 209, 16 Dutch % reduction enrich sugar trust," and "Annexation policy, assist Cuba, do n... More

The Bliss-Palma idea of equity La idea de equidad de Bliss-Palma.

The Bliss-Palma idea of equity La idea de equidad de Bliss-Palma.

Cartoon shows a figure of Justice with two heads, those of Special Envoy to Cuba Tasker Bliss and President of Cuba Tomás Estrada Palma. Justice holds a scale "Reciprocidad" (Reciprocity.) On the left are weigh... More

Riding him on the big stick The Boss - Say, you're splitting the party  / / Bart.

Riding him on the big stick The Boss - Say, you're splitting the party...

Newspaper clipping of cartoon showing Theodore Roosevelt holding one end of "The Big Stick" while a man representing New York in 18th century dress holds the other. Riding astraddle the stick is a man labeled ... More

Progressive for president Robert M. La Follette.

Progressive for president Robert M. La Follette.

Poster shows portrait of La Follette by Underwood & Underwood surrounded by four Liberty Bells. Transfer; LC Manuscript Division; 1982; (DLC/PP-1982:002).

A bad egg. Fuss and feathers - Political cartoon, public domain image

A bad egg. Fuss and feathers - Political cartoon, public domain image

Whig presidential candidate Winfield Scott is pictured as a fighting cock with human attributes. The cock wears fringed military epaulets, a sword, spurs, and a plumed hat. He is just emerged from an egg marked... More

Pilgrims' progress. Book illustration from Library of Congress

Pilgrims' progress. Book illustration from Library of Congress

Democratic party war-horse Andrew Jackson appears frequently in the satires of the 1844 election campaign. Here, wearing a long frock coat and tall hat, he leads a donkey carrying Democratic candidates Polk and... More

Congressional pugilists - Engraving, Public domain image

Congressional pugilists - Engraving, Public domain image

A crude portrayal of a fight on the floor of Congress between Vermont Representative Matthew Lyon and Roger Griswold of Connecticut. The row was originally prompted by an insulting reference to Lyon on Griswold... More

The tread mill - Political cartoon, public domain image

The tread mill - Political cartoon, public domain image

Cartoon marked New York World shows children turning a wheel labeled "Profits on child labor."

Practical illustration of the Fugitive Slave Law / E.C. del.

Practical illustration of the Fugitive Slave Law / E.C. del.

A satire on the antagonism between Northern abolitionists on the one hand, and Secretary of State Daniel Webster and other supporters of enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Here abolitionist William ... More

Jeff. Davis! "As women and children." / Scattergood, eng.

Jeff. Davis! "As women and children." / Scattergood, eng.

Cartoon shows Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, dressed as a woman and holding a Bowie knife, labeled "Arkansas tooth-pick" in order to avoid capture by Union soldiers after the A... More

"The government." No. 1, [Eye] take the responsibility

"The government." No. 1, [Eye] take the responsibility

A satire on Andrew Jackson's "Kitchen Cabinet," the pejorative name given his informal circle of close advisors. The print appeared during the heated controversy incited by Jackson's discontinuation of federal ... More

Abolition frowned down. Book illustration from Library of Congress

Abolition frowned down. Book illustration from Library of Congress

A satire on enforcement of the "gag-rule" in the House of Representatives, prohibiting discussion of the question of slavery. Growing antislavery sentiment in the North coincided with increased resentment by so... More

Ornithology - Engraving, Public domain image, Political Cartoon

Ornithology - Engraving, Public domain image, Political Cartoon

A mild election-year cartoon portraying Whig presidential candidate Winfield Scott (left) as a turkey and Democrat Franklin Pierce (right) as a gamecock. The two face each other from opposite sides of "Mason &... More

Ager vs. information Young America politics.

Ager vs. information Young America politics.

Illustrations showing (1) a stranger interviews an Illinois native about Abraham Lincoln and the native goes into an "ager shake" (malarial chills); and (2) children discuss whom their fathers will vote for in ... More

Uncle Abe--"Hello! Ben, is that you? Glad to see you!" Butler--"Yes, Uncle Abe. Got through with that New Orleans job. Cleaned them out and scrubbed them up! Any more scrubbing to give out?" / / J.McL.

Uncle Abe--"Hello! Ben, is that you? Glad to see you!" Butler--"Yes, U...

Cartoon showing President Abraham Lincoln leaning around a door, his left arm extending toward General Benjamin Butler, shown full-length, facing slightly right, standing with carpet bag labeled, "Butler N.O." ... More

The Chicago platform / Th. Nast., Confederate States of America.

The Chicago platform / Th. Nast., Confederate States of America.

A deceptive broadside, ostensibly a pro-McClellan campaign piece but actually a piercing attack on the Democratic platform. In the center is a portrait of Democratic presidential candidate George B. McClellan... More

Hold the fort The spirit of the war revived ; The war was not, and shall not be, a failure / / Th. Nast ; drawn by Th. Nast.

Hold the fort The spirit of the war revived ; The war was not, and sha...

Print shows ghostly Union soldiers standing behind graves outside a fort with Washington, D.C. in the background. Published in Harper's weekly, v. 20, no. 1032, 1876 October 7, pp. 812-813. Ben and Beatrice Go... More

Will he dare do it? / Th. Nast.

Will he dare do it? / Th. Nast.

Published in Harper's Weekly, 1878 March 2, p. 176. Forms part of: Nast, Thomas, 1840-1902. Illustrations and political cartoons by Thomas Nast which is part of: Ben and Beatrice Goldstein Foundation collection.

Matemática diplomática - Political cartoon, public domain image

Matemática diplomática - Political cartoon, public domain image

Cartoon shows Special Envoy to Cuba Tasker Bliss wearing a sword "Reciprocity" showing a man "Cuba" a board with calculations showing that 20% for Cuba equals 70% for the United States. A vulture labeled "Anexi... More

Strenuous justice - Political cartoon, public domain image

Strenuous justice - Political cartoon, public domain image

Cartoon shows blindfolded Justice holding a scale labeled "Republican Administration." On the heavier side of the scale is a baby labeled "Sugar Trust" wearing a bracelet "12 1/2 [cent sign] and sucking on a bo... More

The uplifting of Cuba - Political cartoon, public domain image

The uplifting of Cuba - Political cartoon, public domain image

Cartoon shows Republican House Majority Leader Sereno Payne and Republican Congressmen Robert Morris, Francis Griffith Newlands, Henry Allen Cooper, and James Albertus Tawney pulling on a rope to lift a bucket ... More

American sugar producers - Political cartoon, public domain image

American sugar producers - Political cartoon, public domain image

Cartoon shows Special Envoy to Cuba Tasker H. Bliss standing before an army of sugar beets. In the background a man "Sugar Refining Trust" watches with a smile. Bliss holds a rolled sheet of paper "Cuban recipr... More

Los momentos de la conciencia "aprés mois le deluge" Tomas I y unico

Los momentos de la conciencia "aprés mois le deluge" Tomas I y unico

Cartoon shows Cuban President Tomás Estrada Palma sitting in a chair "Ejecutivo" (Executive). He holds a sheet of paper "Bliss-Palma Protocolo Anexionista Art. IV, Art. VIII." referring to portions of a propos... More

"Everyman" and his dollar - the Republican morality show / Keppler.

"Everyman" and his dollar - the Republican morality show / Keppler.

Illustration shows James S. Sherman collecting $1 donations for the Republican Party at a fund raising event in a theater; Theodore Roosevelt and Charles W. Fairbanks can be seen in the audience. "Behind the sc... More

The meeting at Saratoga.  "Like boxers thus before the fight, their hands in friendship they unite"

The meeting at Saratoga. "Like boxers thus before the fight, their ha...

The second of two prints by "HD" portraying scenes from President Van Buren's visit to the resort at Saratoga Springs, New York, during the summer of 1839. (See also "The Cut Direct," no. 1839-3.) The satire co... More

The Tory mill. The original genuine experiment is published this day

The Tory mill. The original genuine experiment is published this day

A crude and unusually large woodcut, employing the metaphor of a mill to portray the spoils system under the Democrats (or "Tories" as they were labeled by the Whig press). The print may attack Andrew Jackson'... More

Columbia teaching John Bull his new lesson / S[amuel] Kennedy, del. ; Wm Charles, Sculp.

Columbia teaching John Bull his new lesson / S[amuel] Kennedy, del. ; ...

A War of 1812 satire on Anglo-American and Franco-American relations. England's "lesson" is about the seriousness of American determination to maintain freedom on the high seas, while France is warned of Yanke... More

Uncle Sam sick with la grippe - Drawing. Public domain image.

Uncle Sam sick with la grippe - Drawing. Public domain image.

A satire attributing the dire fiscal straits of the nation to Andrew Jackson's banking policies, with specific reference to recent bank failures in New Orleans, New York, and Philadelphia. The artist blames th... More

The great American steeple chase for 1844

The great American steeple chase for 1844

An imaginative and elaborate parody on the upcoming 1844 presidential campaign. The artist favors Whig nominee-apparent Henry Clay and is highly critical of incumbent John Tyler. The "chase" for the presidency ... More

Virtuous Harry, or set a thief to catch a thief!

Virtuous Harry, or set a thief to catch a thief!

A satire on the Whig party's anti-annexation platform. The question of whether or not to annex Texas was a large issue separating candidates in the 1844 campaign. Annexation's serious implications for the futur... More

The organ kicked out - Public domain book illustration, Library of Congress

The organ kicked out - Public domain book illustration, Library of Con...

The Senate's February 1847 resolution barring reporters and editors of the "Washington Union" from the Senate floor and gallery was the basis for the artist's demeaning portrayal of the newspaper's powerful edi... More

Fording Salt River. Book illustration from Library of Congress

Fording Salt River. Book illustration from Library of Congress

An election-year satire favoring Free Soil candidate Martin Van Buren in the 1848 presidential contest. A long-legged John Van Buren carries his father piggyback through Salt River, heading toward the White Ho... More

Quartette from the new opera of the "Whig celebration at Lundy's Lane." Tune "Will you come to the bower"

Quartette from the new opera of the "Whig celebration at Lundy's Lane....

Winfield Scott's controversial performance as commander in the War of 1812 battle at Lundy's Lane turned to account by the artist in this parody of the general's candidacy in 1852. The battle of Lundy's Lane ag... More

A Southern Gorilla, (Guerilla) - An old postcard with a drawing of a man holding a rifle

A Southern Gorilla, (Guerilla) - An old postcard with a drawing of a m...

Picture shows an animal dressed in a military uniform with a gun and other equipment. Includes eight lines of text. Gladstone's inventory code and notes: Envelope no. 26. "A fully armed soldier with a hairy fa... More

Governor Magoffin's neutrality means holding the cock of the walk (Uncle Sam) while the confederate cat (Jeff Davis) kills off his chickens

Governor Magoffin's neutrality means holding the cock of the walk (Unc...

Illus. in: Harper's weekly, v. 5, no. 235 (1861 June 29), p. 403 (center).

I am glad, I am out of the scrape!

I am glad, I am out of the scrape!

An optimistic Unionist boast, issued early in Lincoln's presidency, predicting the summary defeat of the Confederacy. Abraham Lincoln (at left) stands over the shield of the United States and a bald eagle, and ... More

The pending contest.  Although all Copperheads call themselves Democrats, nevertheless, all Democrats are not Copperheads

The pending contest. Although all Copperheads call themselves Democra...

A variant of "The Pending Conflict" (no. 1863-10), evidently issued at about the same time (and deposited for copyright on the same date). Significant alterations here include: the "Neutrality" band has been re... More

Brussells conference, cartel magnate, Political Cartoon

Brussells conference, cartel magnate, Political Cartoon

Cartoon shows a man in German dress "Cartel Magnate" jumping a rope "Brussells Conference" turned by a barefoot man "Cuba" and Republican House Speaker Sereno Payne. The cartoon refers to the 1902 Brussels Suga... More

The Cuban Gordian-Knot - Drawing. Public domain image.

The Cuban Gordian-Knot - Drawing. Public domain image.

Cartoon shows Theodore Roosevelt and Republican House Majority Leader Sereno Payne tightening a knot in a cord "Tariff Law 1897 [paragraph] 209 16 Dutch" around the waist of a man "Cuba" holding a "cane knife."... More

Sucedió́! - Political cartoon, public domain image

Sucedió́! - Political cartoon, public domain image

Cartoon shows Cuban ambassador to the U.S. Gonzalo de Quesada fleeing as a bomb "Proposicion Hay-Quesada" (Hay Quesada proposal) explodes blowing up the wheelchair "Libertad" (Liberty) of a woman representing ... More

Sugar trust. Herald (N.Y.) April 26, '02

Sugar trust. Herald (N.Y.) April 26, '02

Cartoon shows a group of Senators looking at fireworks "Beef trust Ignus Fatuous" as the head of the American Sugar Refining Company Henry Osborne Havemeyer watches from atop a pile of bags of sugar trust profi... More

Theodore Roosevelt - Wire tapping, Political Cartoon

Theodore Roosevelt - Wire tapping, Political Cartoon

Cartoon shows a bicycle messenger rushing from the White House to the Capitol with a roll of papers. As he speeds along papers labeled "Remove 16 Dutch veto," "Must not hurt sugar trust," and "Annexation is the... More

Union soldiers in Andersonville prison / The rebel leader, Jeff Davis, at Fortress Monroe / Th. Nast.

Union soldiers in Andersonville prison / The rebel leader, Jeff Davis,...

Published by King & Baird, Printers, Philadelphia. Signed in block: Th. Nast. Title appears as it is written on the item. Forms part of: American cartoon print filing series (Library of Congress) Exhibited in: ... More

A bad egg. Fuss and feathers - Drawing. Public domain image.

A bad egg. Fuss and feathers - Drawing. Public domain image.

Whig presidential candidate Winfield Scott is pictured as a fighting cock with human attributes. The cock wears fringed military epaulets, a sword, spurs, and a plumed hat. He is just emerged from an egg marked... More

The presidential sweepstakes of 1844. Preparing to start

The presidential sweepstakes of 1844. Preparing to start

Again, the race motif is used to parody election-year rivalries. (See "Footrace, Pensylvania Avenue," no. 1844-41). Here the artist portrays the candidates as horses, lining up before a stand from which several... More

[Contraband, Fortress Monroe]. Book illustration from Library of Congress

[Contraband, Fortress Monroe]. Book illustration from Library of Congr...

Print shows a slave at the Union fort taunting his plantation master. The planter (left) waves his whip and cries, "Come back you black rascal." The slave replies, "Can't come back nohow massa Dis chile's contr... More

Johnny Bull and the Alexandrians / Wm Charles, Ssc.

Johnny Bull and the Alexandrians / Wm Charles, Ssc.

The citizens of Alexandria, Virginia, are ridiculed in this scene for their lack of serious resistance against the British seizure of the city in 1814. At left two frightened gentlemen kneel with hands folded,... More

An available candidate--the one qualification for a Whig president

An available candidate--the one qualification for a Whig president

Political cartoon showing man in military uniform, with epaulets and plumed hat, holding sword and seated on pile of skulls. A scathing attack on Whig principles, as embodied in their selection of a presidentia... More

Practical illustration of the Fugitive Slave Law / E.C. del.

Practical illustration of the Fugitive Slave Law / E.C. del.

A satire on the antagonism between Northern abolitionists on the one hand, and Secretary of State Daniel Webster and other supporters of enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Here abolitionist William ... More

A boxing match, or another bloody nose for John Bull / W. Charles, del et sculp.

A boxing match, or another bloody nose for John Bull / W. Charles, del...

The artist gloats over naval losses suffered by England early in the War of 1812, in particular the defeat of the warship "Boxer" by the American frigate "Enterprise" in September 1813. King George III stands ... More

The wise men of Gotham and their goose, British Cartoon Print

The wise men of Gotham and their goose, British Cartoon Print

Print shows Lord Bute, with sword raised, about to cut the head off the goose "who laid each day an egg of gold" representing British policies toward the American colonies. A corpulant bishop is sitting in the ... More

The state blacksmiths forging fetters for the Americans

The state blacksmiths forging fetters for the Americans

Print shows the interior of a blacksmith's shop with Lord Mansfield forging the links to a chain, Lord North standing to the left holding lorgnette and, in his right hand, a paper "An act for prohibiting all tr... More

Spirit of the times - Public domain book illustration, Library of Congress

Spirit of the times - Public domain book illustration, Library of Cong...

Satire on the diplomatic crisis and threat of hostilities between the United States and France over the latter's refusal to pay indemnifications set by the Treaty of 1831. The situation was exacerbated by remar... More

The heads of two great nations have at last come to the situation of the two goats in the fable . . .

The heads of two great nations have at last come to the situation of t...

A pro-Jackson commentary on the confrontation between the United States and France over reparations due the U.S. under the Treaty of 1831 (See "Spirit of the Times" no. 1836-4). The situation reached crisis int... More

Called to account, Washington, D.C., Political Cartoon

Called to account, Washington, D.C., Political Cartoon

Once more the House of Representatives investigation of Treasury practices under the Van Buren administration in connection with the Swartwout embezzlement scandal. (See above nos. 1839-6 through -9.) The print... More

Patent Democratic Republican steam shaving shop

Patent Democratic Republican steam shaving shop

A cryptic satire possibly dealing with some facet of the 1844 presidential campaign. The print features two unsuccessful aspirants for the Democratic presidential nomination: Martin Van Buren and Richard M. Joh... More

Present Presidential position. Book illustration from Library of Congress

Present Presidential position. Book illustration from Library of Congr...

Once again Polk's handling of the Oregon territorial dispute between the United States and Great Britain is criticized. (See "Polk's Dream" and "War! or No War!" nos. 1846-2 and 1846-4). Here the artist seems t... More

The great pictorial romance of the age, or, steam ship commodores & United States mail contractors

The great pictorial romance of the age, or, steam ship commodores & Un...

American political cartoon about the awarding of United States mail contracts. Print shows steamships (two shaped like rocking horses) and a balloon labeled "California mail balloon via Nicaragua," with discuss... More

White Mountains in labour - Political cartoon, public domain image

White Mountains in labour - Political cartoon, public domain image

The artist belittles the Democrats' relatively undistinguished choice for presidential nominee in 1852, Franklin Pierce. The cartoon is based on Aesop's fable about the mountain which, being in labor, groaned s... More

Strong's dime caricatures. No. 1, Domestic troubles

Strong's dime caricatures. No. 1, Domestic troubles

The first in a series of four satires published by Thomas W. Strong, criticizing the secession movement in the South during the closing months of the Buchanan administration. (This impression was deposited for ... More

The great November contest. Patriotism: versus Bummerism

The great November contest. Patriotism: versus Bummerism

The strongly racist character of the Democratic presidential campaign of 1868 is displayed full-blown in this elaborate attack on Reconstruction and Republican support of Negro rights. Horses with the heads of ... More

[Cuba and the U.S. sugar trust profits]

[Cuba and the U.S. sugar trust profits]

Cartoon shows a man "Cuba" lying on the ground tied with ropes "Platt Amendment" and "Dutch Standard [paragraph] 209." The head of the American Sugar Refining Company Henry Osborne Havemeyer, surrounded by bags... More

A tidy job; but - / J.S. Pughe.

A tidy job; but - / J.S. Pughe.

Seth Low, as an animal trainer, standing by tiger wrapped in ribbons "civil honesty", "decent government", municipal reforms", etc.; as Charles Francis Murphy stands behind, with large scissors "election 1903".... More

To state it politely There seems to be a brunette brother in the neighborhood of the political cordwood / / Bart.

To state it politely There seems to be a brunette brother in the neigh...

Newspaper clipping of cartoon showing William Howard Taft cutting firewood. Behind a cord of cut firewood is Theodore Roosevelt holding a big stick and in front of the cordwood is an African American stereotyp... More

A scene on the frontiers as practiced by the "humane" British and their "worthy" allies / William Charles, del et sculp.

A scene on the frontiers as practiced by the "humane" British and thei...

Charles denounces British and Indian depredations on the American frontier during the War of 1812, alluding specifically to the practice of offering bounties for American scalps. The cartoon may have been prom... More

Pilgrims' progress - Political cartoon, public domain image

Pilgrims' progress - Political cartoon, public domain image

Democratic party war-horse Andrew Jackson appears frequently in the satires of the 1844 election campaign. Here, wearing a long frock coat and tall hat, he leads a donkey carrying Democratic candidates Polk and... More

[Contraband, Fortress Monroe]. Book illustration from Library of Congress

[Contraband, Fortress Monroe]. Book illustration from Library of Congr...

Print shows a slave at the Union fort taunting his plantation master. The planter (left) waves his whip and cries, "Come back you black rascal." The slave replies, "Can't come back nohow massa Dis chile's contr... More

Church and state - No Union upon any terms / Th. Nast.

Church and state - No Union upon any terms / Th. Nast.

Woman symbolizing Justice(?) standing at door of building "State", as soldiers block steps to members of different religions.

Southern menagerie, stirring him up, Political Cartoon

Southern menagerie, stirring him up, Political Cartoon

Picture shows Jefferson Davis labeled "Southern Lion, J.D." in a cage on wheels labeled "Southern Menagerie" with an African American poking him with a stick. Gladstone's inventory code and notes: Envelope 4. ... More

John Bull making a new batch of ships to send to the lakes / Charles, del et sculp.

John Bull making a new batch of ships to send to the lakes / Charles, ...

A satire on British efforts to recover after major naval losses on the Great Lakes in 1813 and 1814. According to Lanmon, it is based on Thomas Rowlandson's 1798 satire "High Fun for John Bull or the Republica... More

Wanted a $15.000.000 loan for the C.S.A. / Hoyt [?].

Wanted a $15.000.000 loan for the C.S.A. / Hoyt [?].

Picture shows an African American boy looking at a sign that reads "Wanted a $15.000.000 loan for the C.S.A." Gladstone's inventory code and notes: Envelope 10; black boy in front of poster. Purchase; William ... More

The right man for the right place

The right man for the right place

Another satire complimentary to Fillmore, whose campaign slogan was "the right man in the right place." Fillmore was nominated at the American party's February 22 convention in Philadelphia. Here he is the embo... More

The blessed effects of venality, British Cartoon Print

The blessed effects of venality, British Cartoon Print

Print shows a man, possibly George III, chopping a leg "Commons" of a three-legged stool, "Lords" and "Privy Council" being the other two legs, which may represent the Parliament and its openness to corruption,... More

"Worse than a Spanish Inquisition", Political Cartoon

"Worse than a Spanish Inquisition", Political Cartoon

A commentary on the workings of the January 1839 congressional probe of the Treasury Department in the wake of the Swartwout embezzlement. (See "Price Current" and "Sub Treasurers Meeting in England," nos. 1838... More

A bull chase. The words of the wise, are as goads

A bull chase. The words of the wise, are as goads

Another satire on the special committee of the House of Representatives investigating Van Buren's Treasury Department. The committee, chaired by James Harlan but dominated by Henry A. Wise of Virginia, centered... More

The masked battery or Loco-Foco strategy

The masked battery or Loco-Foco strategy

Another commentary on the Texas question (see "Texas Coming In," no. 1844-28), illustrating Democratic campaign strategy as advanced by Andrew Jackson. The idea of the annexation of Texas, repudiated by many of... More

A correct chart of Salt River - Public domain book illustration

A correct chart of Salt River - Public domain book illustration

"Salt River," the fictitious river of political doom, is charted here as a meandering stream of Democratic misfortunes. The chart was purportedly "prepared by Father Ritchie," i.e., Democratic editor and Polk a... More

The telegraphic candidates - Steam locomotive, Public domain image

The telegraphic candidates - Steam locomotive, Public domain image

In a race between the railroad and the telegraph the "telegraphic candidates," Lewis Cass and William O. Butler, are first to the White House. The artist ridicules Zachary Taylor for his hazy stance on major ca... More

The great naval blockade of Round Island.  Showing the immense importance of having an efficient "right arm of the national defence"

The great naval blockade of Round Island. Showing the immense importa...

A satire on Taylor administration efforts to curtail American "filibusters," armed expeditions against Cuba for the purpose of freeing the island from Spanish rule. Specific reference here is to the Navy's bloc... More

Dan the fisherman overhauled by British cruisers

Dan the fisherman overhauled by British cruisers

A humorous but favorable portrayal of secretary of state Daniel Webster's assertive role in the dispute over American fishing rights in Canadian waters. (See also Edward W. Clay's "John Bull's Fish Monopoly, n... More

A cure for Republican lockjaw - Drawing. Public domain image.

A cure for Republican lockjaw - Drawing. Public domain image.

The artist portrays congressional efforts to pass the Crittenden Compromise as an antidote to Republican intransigence on the slavery issue. (For an earlier anti-North satire relating to the compromise, see "Co... More

A little game of bagatelle, between Old Abe the rail splitter & Little Mac the gunboat general

A little game of bagatelle, between Old Abe the rail splitter & Little...

The contest for the presidency in 1864 is depicted as a game of bagatelle (a game similar to pool) between Republican candidate Abraham Lincoln and Democrat George B. McClellan. Lincoln (left) holds a cue "Bal... More

The gunboat candidate at the Battle of Malvern Hill

The gunboat candidate at the Battle of Malvern Hill

Democratic presidential candidate George Brinton McClellan is lampooned as an incompetent military leader. He sits in a saddle mounted on the boom of the Union ironclad vessel "Galena." The print recalls two p... More

Leaders of the Democratic Party, Confederate States of America.

Leaders of the Democratic Party, Confederate States of America.

A searing, election-year indictment of four prominent figures in the Democratic party, three of them former Confederate officers. Former New York governor and Democratic presidential nominee Horatio Seymour is... More

Coming! / Keppler. - Political cartoon, public domain image

Coming! / Keppler. - Political cartoon, public domain image

Illustration shows James K. Jones posting a campaign poster labeled "Conservatism" for William Jennings Bryan, covering up an earlier campaign poster showing Bryan and labeled "In His Roaring Farce Free Silver"... More

[Political cartoons related to Secretary of War William H. Taft running for president]

[Political cartoons related to Secretary of War William H. Taft runnin...

Two political cartoons on one sheet: cartoon on left by Clifford Berryman published in the Washington Star, April 28, 1907, shows Taft leaving a dog labeled "Politics" behind in Washington, D.C., as he travels ... More

The meeting at Saratoga.  "Like boxers thus before the fight, their hands in friendship they unite"

The meeting at Saratoga. "Like boxers thus before the fight, their ha...

The second of two prints by "HD" portraying scenes from President Van Buren's visit to the resort at Saratoga Springs, New York, during the summer of 1839. (See also "The Cut Direct," no. 1839-3.) The satire co... More

Do it now! The President would jump right into river improvement and get it ready for use / / Bart.

Do it now! The President would jump right into river improvement and g...

Newspaper clipping of cartoon showing Theodore Roosevelt deeping the Mississippi River with a shovel. Inthe background Uncle Sam is digging the Panama canal and a man labeled Germany says "Der selfish pig vas g... More

A scene on the frontiers as practiced by the "humane" British and their "worthy" allies / William Charles, del et sculp.

A scene on the frontiers as practiced by the "humane" British and thei...

Charles denounces British and Indian depredations on the American frontier during the War of 1812, alluding specifically to the practice of offering bounties for American scalps. The cartoon may have been prom... More

Studying political economy. Book illustration from Library of Congress

Studying political economy. Book illustration from Library of Congress

A crudely drawn but complex satire mocking Zachary Taylor's military background and lack of political experience. Student Zachary Taylor, wearing a paper cap made out of the journal "The True Whig" is seated on... More

Cartoon - Political cartoon, public domain image

Cartoon - Political cartoon, public domain image

Cartoon shows crowds of children being plunged into the water on water wheel.

"Get thee behind me, (Mrs.) Satan!" / Th. Nast.

"Get thee behind me, (Mrs.) Satan!" / Th. Nast.

Wife, carrying heavy burden of children and drunk husband, saying to Mrs. Satan (Victoria Woodhull), "I'd rather travel the hardest path of matrimony than follow your footsteps." Mrs. Satan holds sign "Be saved... More

Strong's dime caricatures. No. 3, South Carolina Topsey in a fix

Strong's dime caricatures. No. 3, South Carolina Topsey in a fix

The third in Thomas W. Strong's "Dime Caricatures" series of antisecessionist prints published early in 1861. Here Topsy, the impish slave child in Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin," personifies the s... More

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