Collection Items

  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The Radical Convention in Philadelphia, September 3d, 1866 1 print : woodcut with letterpress on wove paper ; 50.8 x 34.9 cm. (image) | A racist poster attacking Republican gubernatorial candidate John White Geary for his support of black suffrage. (See also "The Constitutional Amendment!," no. 1866-5.) The artist purports to show the convention of Radical Republicans held in Philadelphia in September 1866. On a dais in the background left, black men...
    • Date: 1866
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    The constitutional amendment! 1 print : wood-engraving with letterpress on wove paper ; 36.4 x 52.5 cm. (image) | One of a number of highly racist posters issued as part of a smear campaign against Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial nominee John White Geary by supporters of Democratic candidate Hiester Clymer. (See also nos. 1866-6, 1866-7, and 1866-8.) Indicative of Clymer's white-supremacy platform, the posters attack postwar Republican efforts...
    • Date: 1866
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The two platforms 1 print : woodcut with letterpress on wove paper ; 44.4 x 57.2 cm. (image) | Another in a series of racist posters attacking Radical Republican exponents of black suffrage, issued during the 1866 Pennsylvania gubernatorial race. (See "The Constitutional Amendment," no. 1866-5.) The poster specifically characterizes Democratic candidate Hiester Clymer's platform as "for the White Man," represented here by the idealized head of...
    • Date: 1866
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The Freedman's Bureau! An agency to keep the Negro in idleness at the expense of the white man. Twice vetoed by the President, and made a lawy by Congress. Support Congress & ... 1 print : woodcut on wove paper ; 45.5 x 58.1 cm. (image) | One in a series of racist posters attacking Radical Republicans on the issue of black suffrage, issued during the Pennsylvania gubernatorial election of 1866. (See also "The Constitutional Amendment!," no. 1866-5.) The series advocates the election of Hiester Clymer, who ran for governor on a white-supremacy platform, supporting President Andrew...
    • Date: 1866
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The three days of May 1844. Columbia mourns her citizens slain 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 35.2 x 27.4 cm. (sheet) | A memorial to nativist casualties of the violent clashes occurring between anti-foreigner "Native Americans" and Irish-American Catholics in Kensington, Philadelphia, May 6 through 8, 1844. The female figure of Columbia holds a large, billowing American flag near a broken column on which she places a wreath. On the column are...
    • Contributor: Peale, Washington - Colon & Adriance
    • Date: 1844
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    See our torn flag still waving 1 print : engraving on wove paper ; 36 x 28 cm. (sheet) | An illustrated sheet music cover glorifying the nativist cause, produced shortly after the bloody anti-Catholic riots in Kensington, Philadelphia, of May 1844. The song was composed and arranged by James W. Porter, with words by "a Native," and "respectfully dedicated to the American Republicans of the United States." The American...
    • Contributor: Porter, Jas. W. (James W.)
    • Date: 1844
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    The election, a medley, humbly inscribed to Squire Lilliput, professor of scurrility 1 print (broadside) : engraving ; 48 x 37.4 cm (sheet, trimmed) | Cartoon shows the old courthouse in Philadelphia during the October 1, 1764 election where a line of men wait at the steps on the right to enter the courthouse and cast their votes; in the foreground, many men, several clergymen and one female slave among them, comment on the candidates and...
    • Contributor: Dawkins, Henry
    • Date: 1764
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Con-g-ss embark'd on board the ship Constitution of America bound to Conogocheque by way of Philadelphia 1 print : etching on laid paper ; 20.4 x 32.6 cm. (sheet, trimmed to within platemark on right and left edges) | In July 1790 Congress decided to move the seat of the federal government from its original site in New York to Washington, with Philadelphia as an interim capital. The unidentified satirist gives a cynical view of the profit opportunity which this...
    • Date: 1790
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    This plate is respectfully dedicated to all the butchers in the United States by their obt. Sert. Chrr. Wispart. in honour of our Republican Governor Simon Snyder 1 print : etching, on pale green laid paper ; 29.9 x 43.1 cm. (sheet, trimmed to within platemark) | A procession of butchers led by two Negro fiddlers, and featuring a large bull. On the ground before the bull are a cleaver, saw, and other butcher tools. The print is dedicated to Pennsylvania's recently elected Republican Governor Simon Snyder. Snyder was born in...
    • Contributor: Folwell, Samuel
    • Date: 1808
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Democracy against the unnatural union. Trial Octr. 14th 1817. 1 print : etching with red wash on wove paper ; plate 35.2 x 25 cm. | second colored impression 1 print : etching, hand-colored ; plate 35.5 x 25 cm, on sheet 46 x 29 cm. | b&w impression 1 print : etching on wove paper ; plate 35.2 x 25 cm, on sheet 38 x 26.7 cm. | A satire on the...
    • Contributor: Charles, William
    • Date: 1817
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    The nations bulwark. A well disciplined militia 1 print : etching with aquatint on wove paper ; 27.3 x 43.6 cm. (plate) | A satire on the Philadelphia militia, the first and apparently only number issued in a projected series of "Sketches of Character" by Edward Williams Clay. In the center an officer reviews a disorderly line of soldiers, some of them uniformed, standing at varying degrees of attention. In the...
    • Contributor: Clay, Edward Williams - Hobson, R. H., Active
    • Date: 1829
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    United States slave trade, 1830 An abolitionist print possibly engraved in 1830, but undocumented aside from the letterpress text which appears on an accompanying sheet. The text reads: "United States' slave trade, 1830. The Copper Plate from which the above picture has just been engraved, was found many years ago by workmen engaged in removing the ruins of Anti-Slavery Hall, in Philadelphia, which was burned by a mob in...
    • Date: 1830
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    On the way to Araby! 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 27.7 x 37.5 cm. (image) | Satire on the Jackson administration's continuing battle against the Bank of the United States. The print was specifically occasioned by the re-chartering of the Bank by the Whig-controlled Pennsylvania Legislature in defiance of the administration. The artist also ridicules the ambitions of Jackson's vice-president and would-be successor Martin Van Buren....
    • Contributor: Clay, Edward Williams - Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1836
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    General Jackson slaying the many headed monster 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 30.2 x 36.5 cm. (image) | A satire on Andrew Jackson's campaign to destroy the Bank of the United States and its support among state banks. Jackson, Martin Van Buren, and Jack Downing struggle against a snake with heads representing the states. Jackson (on the left) raises a cane marked "Veto" and says, "Biddle thou Monster...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1836
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    New edition of MacBeth. Bank-oh's! Ghost 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 25.2 x 41.5 cm. (image) | Another satire on the Panic of 1837, again condemning Van Buren's continuation of predecessor Andrew Jackson's hard-money policies as the source of the crisis. Clay shows the president haunted by the ghost of Commerce, which is seated at the far right end of a table which he shares with a...
    • Contributor: Clay, Edward Williams - Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1837
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    Uncle Sam sick with la grippe 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 30.5 x 41 cm. (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 the 1837 panic on Jackson's and later Van Buren's efforts to limit currency and emphasize specie (or coinage)...
    • Contributor: Clay, Edward Williams - Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1837
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    The coon party crossing Cayuga Bridge Novr. 1844. Or the effects of Cassius M. Clay's political tour to western N. York 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 25.6 x 38.5 cm. (image) | A cartoon on the defeat of Whig Henry Clay in the 1844 presidential election, ascribing his loss of the state of New York to his cousin Cassius M. Clay's campaign tour on his behalf. Oddly, though given prominence in the title, Cassius M. Clay does not appear in the picture...
    • Contributor: Dohnert, William
    • Date: 1845
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    Funeral obsequies of free-trade 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 25.2 x 39.3 cm. (image) | A gloomy view of the effects of the Polk administration's Tariff of 1846. The artist echoes Whig condemnation of the measure as adverse to American trade. A funeral cortege, composed of administration supporters, carries the coffin of "Free Trade" to a grave marked by a monument with the names of...
    • Contributor: Clay, Edward Williams - Peterson, T. - Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1846
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    Political Jesuitism--or interest versus principle 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 27.6 x 42.1 cm. (image) | A virulent attack on Vice-President George M. Dallas, charging the former Pennsylvania attorney and senator with duplicity in his stand on the tariff of 1846. "Jesuitism" was a strong contemporary term for deception and intrigue, and the artist portrays Dallas's support of the 1846 tariff as a reversal of his...
    • Contributor: Clay, Edward Williams - Peterson, T. - Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1846
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    The available party trying to get their villany endorsed by the every man they have assasinated 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 31.1 x 42.8 cm. (image) | Again partisan bitterness, over the perceived Whig betrayal of Henry Clay's hopes for the presidential nomination and over subsequent efforts to obtain Clay's endorsement of Zachary Taylor's candidacy, is vented in this scene. The "available" label is applied in a pejorative sense, suggesting a party whose choice of a candidate...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1848
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    The assassination of the Sage of Ashland 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 28.2 x 38.4 cm. (image) | The artist conveys some of the profound disappointment and anger among Henry Clay's many supporters at the nomination of Zachary Taylor at the June 1848 Whig convention in Philadelphia. The convention's act was seen as a betrayal of the elder Whig statesman. In a scene based on act 3, scene...
    • Contributor: Robinson, Henry R.
    • Date: 1848
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Knock'd into a cock'd hat 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 30.7 x 43.3 cm. (image) | Zachary Taylor's presidential nomination at the Whig national convention in Philadelphia on June 9, 1848, is represented as a severe blow to Lewis Cass, nominated by the Democrats a few weeks earlier. The extremely simple cartoon shows a cannon ball, marked with a portrait of Taylor, expelled by a cannon...
    • Contributor: Currier, Nathaniel
    • Date: 1848
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    An august convention 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 25.3 x 41 cm. (image) | The National Union Convention met in Philadelphia in August 1866 to create a political party that would back President Andrew Johnson's Reconstruction program and to elect a new Congress. Here, the convention is portrayed as a gathering of muzzled dogs, their collars inscribed with state names, who file toward a...
    • Date: 1866
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    A thrilling incident during voting,--18th Ward, Philadelphia, Oct. 11 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; 21.7 x 29.2 cm (image), 29.1 x 33.3 cm (sheet) | Print shows an emotionally charged condemnation of the Copperheads or Peace Democrats and their support of reconciliation with the Confederacy. In a scene at a polling place an old man (right) is approached by a "Copperhead" vote distributor, who thrusts a ticket at him, saying,...
    • Contributor: Harley, Joseph S.
    • Date: 1864
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    View of transparency in front of headquarters of Supervisory Committee for Recruiting Colored Regiments . . . 1 print : wood-engraving printed in four colors, with letterpress ; 31.5 x 21.6 cm. (image) | A representation of an enormous illuminated transparency displayed on thefacade of the federal recruiting office for Negro troops on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia on November 1, 1864. The display celebrated the emancipationof slaves in Maryland through the state's new constitution, adopted onOctober 13 of the same year....
    • Contributor: Ringwalt & Brown
    • Date: 1864