Photo, Print, Drawing The modern Colossus. Eighth wonder of the world

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Title
The modern Colossus. Eighth wonder of the world
Summary
Martin Van Buren's inability to bridge the distance between the "Conscience," or abolitionist, Whigs and conservative Democrats is portrayed as his downfall in the 1848 presidential race. Van Buren led the Free Soil party coalition of antislavery Whigs, Liberty party abolitionists, and "Barnburner" Democrats as a presidential candidate in that race, opposing regular Democratic candidate Lewis Cass. In "The Modern Colossus," Cass (far right) stands on the "Democratic Platform," a solid embankment, with running mate William O. Butler (in uniform, arms folded), South Carolina senator John C. Calhoun (behind Butler), and a fourth man, probably John Van Buren. An American eagle perches at their feet. Van Buren has one foot on the Democratic ledge and stretches the other across Salt River toward the eroding "Whig-Abolition Platform." Calhoun: "Poor devil! he'll plump into Salt River, directly." Cass: "That will be no hardship. He was in Salt River before. He only goes back to his old place." From the left New York "Tribune" editor Horace Greeley (long coat) and fiery antislavery advocate Abby Folsom reach out toward Van Buren. Folsom: "Come to these arms, thou chiefest of ten thousand!" Greeley: "Oh! that his legs were a little longer!" Behind Greeley are Massachusetts abolitionist and Van Buren running mate Charles Francis Adams, and (far left) a third man (possibly William Lloyd Garrison) who exclaims, "O Lordy! Lordy! I'm afeared he [Van Buren] can't fetch it." Van Buren, indeed about to fall, exclaims, "O! I'm gone! I'm gone! I can't stretch myself asunder!" In the distance is a smoking volcano.
Contributor Names
N. Currier (Firm)
Created / Published
[New York] : Pub. by Peter Smith [i.e., Nathaniel Currier], 2 Spruce St., N.Y., c1848.
Subject Headings
-  Abolitionism and abolitionists, parodied or attacked
-  Adams, Charles Francis
-  Butler, William Orlando
-  Calhoun, John C
-  Cass, Lewis, as presidential candidate
-  Eagle (prominently featured)
-  Folsom Abby
-  Garrison, William Lloyd
-  Greeley, Horace, and the Free Soil party
-  Salt River
-  Van Buren, John
-  Van Buren, Martin, later career
Format Headings
Lithographs--1840-1850.
Political cartoons--1840-1850.
Notes
-  Title from item.
-  Entered ... 1848 by Peter Smith ...
-  The Library's impression of "The Modern Colossus" was deposited for copyright on October 2, 1848.
-  Currier & Ives : a catalogue raisonnĂ© / compiled by Gale Research. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, c1983, no. 4529
-  Weitenkampf, p. 90
-  Lorant, p. 195
-  Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1848-56.
Medium
1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 29.7 x 42.5 cm.
Call Number/Physical Location
PGA - Currier & Ives--Modern colossus (B size) [P&P]
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Digital Id
pga 04940 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pga.04940
cph 3a05707 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a05707
Library of Congress Control Number
2003674558
Reproduction Number
LC-DIG-pga-04940 (digital file from original item) LC-USZ62-1966 (b&w film copy neg.)
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on publication.
Online Format
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Description
1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 29.7 x 42.5 cm. | Martin Van Buren's inability to bridge the distance between the "Conscience," or abolitionist, Whigs and conservative Democrats is portrayed as his downfall in the 1848 presidential race. Van Buren led the Free Soil party coalition of antislavery Whigs, Liberty party abolitionists, and "Barnburner" Democrats as a presidential candidate in that race, opposing regular Democratic candidate Lewis Cass. In "The Modern Colossus," Cass (far right) stands on the "Democratic Platform," a solid embankment, with running mate William O. Butler (in uniform, arms folded), South Carolina senator John C. Calhoun (behind Butler), and a fourth man, probably John Van Buren. An American eagle perches at their feet. Van Buren has one foot on the Democratic ledge and stretches the other across Salt River toward the eroding "Whig-Abolition Platform." Calhoun: "Poor devil! he'll plump into Salt River, directly." Cass: "That will be no hardship. He was in Salt River before. He only goes back to his old place." From the left New York "Tribune" editor Horace Greeley (long coat) and fiery antislavery advocate Abby Folsom reach out toward Van Buren. Folsom: "Come to these arms, thou chiefest of ten thousand!" Greeley: "Oh! that his legs were a little longer!" Behind Greeley are Massachusetts abolitionist and Van Buren running mate Charles Francis Adams, and (far left) a third man (possibly William Lloyd Garrison) who exclaims, "O Lordy! Lordy! I'm afeared he [Van Buren] can't fetch it." Van Buren, indeed about to fall, exclaims, "O! I'm gone! I'm gone! I can't stretch myself asunder!" In the distance is a smoking volcano.
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