Photo, Print, Drawing Smoking him out
About this Item
- Smoking him out
- A humorous commentary on Barnburner Democrat Martin Van Buren's opposition to regular Democratic party nominee Lewis Cass. Van Buren and his son John were active in the Free Soil effort to prevent the extension of slavery into new American territories. In this he opposed the conservative Cass, who advocated deferring to popular sovereignty on the question. In "Smoking Him Out," Van Buren and his son (wearing smock, far right) feed an already raging fire in a dilapidated barn. (radical New York Democrats supporting Van Buren were referred to as "Barnburners" because in their zeal for social reforms and anticurrency fiscal policy they were likened to farmers burning their barns to drive out the rats). On the left, Lewis Cass prepares to leap from the roof of the flaming structure while several rats likewise escape below him. The artist seems to favor Van Buren, and his attempt to force the slavery issue in the campaign. The Free Soilers, unlike the Democrats, supported enforcement of the Wilmot Proviso, an act introduced by David Wilmot which prohibited slavery in territories acquired in the Mexican War. John Van Buren, adding another pitchfork of hay to the flames, exclaims, "That's you Dad! more 'Free Soil.' We'll rat'em out yet. Long life to Davy Wilmot."
- Currier, Nathaniel, 1813-1888.
Created / Published
- N.Y. : Pub. by Peter Smith [i.e., Nathaniel Currier], 1848.
- - Cass, Lewis,--1782-1866
- - Van Buren, John,--1810-1866
- - Van Buren, Martin,--1782-1862
- - Wilmot, David,--1814-1868
- - Free Soil Party (U.S.)--1840-1850
- - Wilmot proviso--1840-1850
- - Presidential elections--United States--1840-1850
- - Barnburner Democrats
- Political cartoons--1840-1850.
- Political cartoons--1840-1850
- - Entered . . . 1848 by Peter Smith.
- - Pub. by Peter Smith [i.e., Nathaniel Currier] 2 Spruce St. N.Y.
- - The Library's impression of "Smoking Him Out" was deposited for copyright on August 12, 1848, just two days after Van Buren was nominated by the Free Soil party.
- - Title appears as it is written on the item.
- - Gale, no. 5963.
- - Weitenkampf, p. 92.
- - Forms part of: American cartoon print filing series (Library of Congress)
- - Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1848-49.
- 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 30.7 x 42.5 cm. (image)
Call Number/Physical Location
- PC/US - 1848.S656, no. 1 (B size) [P&P]
- American cartoon print filing series (Library of Congress)
- Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
- cph 3a40411 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a40411
Library of Congress Control Number
- LC-USZ62-40071 (b&w film copy neg.)
- No known restrictions on publication.
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Currier, Nathaniel. Smoking Him Out. United States, 1848. [N.Y.: Pub. by Peter Smith i.e., Nathaniel Currier] Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2008661511/.
APA citation style:
Currier, N. (1848) Smoking Him Out. United States, 1848. [N.Y.: Pub. by Peter Smith i.e., Nathaniel Currier] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2008661511/.
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Currier, Nathaniel. Smoking Him Out. [N.Y.: Pub. by Peter Smith i.e., Nathaniel Currier] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2008661511/>.