Photo, Print, Drawing Democratic platform illustrated
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- Democratic platform illustrated
- Another attack on the 1856 Democratic platform as pro-South and proslavery. The Buchanan-Breckenridge ticket is reviled on the basis of recent developments occurring during the outgoing Pierce administration. In the center of the picture is a flagstaff bearing an American flag inscribed "Buchanan & Breckenridge. Modern Democracy." To its base are chained two slaves (right)--a man and a woman. The woman kneels before an overseer with a whip and pistol in his pocket, and asks, "Is this Democracy?" The overseer declares, "We will subdue you." In the background one of Cuba's coastal towns burns and is fired upon by a ship. The scene probably refers to expressed Democratic ambitions to annex Cuba for the expansion of American slave territory. The phrase "A due regard for our just rights in the Gulf of Mexico" appears above the burning town. A similar scene of conflagration, "Squatter sovereignty demonstrated," appears in the left background. Here a settlement in Kansas burns and its inhabitants are driven away by armed marauders. Reference is to atrocities committed in the wake of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of May 1854, which was endorsed by the Democratic platform. The act provided for dividing the Nebraska territory into two parts, each later to be admitted into the Union as either slave or free, as decided in each case by popular (or "squatter") sovereignty. The measure ushered in a bloody struggle between proslavery and antislavery settlers over control of Kansas. The antislavery town of Lawrence, Kansas, was invaded and sacked by a proslavery posse on May 21, 1856. In the left foreground is Preston S. Brooks's May 22 attack on Charles Sumner in Congress. (See "Arguments of the Chivalry," no. 1856-1.)
- Thurston, B.
- Varney, James G.
Created / Published
- New York : Published by James G. Varney, 1856.
- - Breckinridge, John C.--(John Cabell),--1821-1875
- - Brooks, Preston S.--(Preston Smith),--1819-1857
- - Buchanan, James,--1791-1868
- - Sumner, Charles,--1811-1874
- - United States.--Congress.--Senate--1850-1860
- - Abolition movement--Kansas--1850-1860
- - Beating--1850-1860
- - Presidential elections--United States--1850-1860
- - Slavery--1850-1860
- - Cuba--1850-1860
- - Lawrence (Kan.)--1850-1860
- Political cartoons--1850-1860.
- - B. Thurston, Steam Printer.
- - Published by James G. Varney, New York.
- - The Library's impression of the print was deposited for copyright on July 31, 1856, by James G. Varney.
- - Title appears as it is written on the item.
- - Weitenkampf, p. 117.
- - 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 1856-11.
- 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 31.3 x 34.2 cm. (image)
Call Number/Physical Location
- PC/US - 1856.V317, 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 3a15504 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a15504
- cph 3g12569 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3g12569
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- LC-USZ62-13211 (b&w film copy neg.) LC-USZC4-12569 (color film copy transparency)
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Thurston, B, and James G Varney. Democratic Platform Illustrated. United States Cuba Kansas Lawrence, 1856. New York: Published by James G. Varney. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2008661581/.
APA citation style:
Thurston, B. & Varney, J. G. (1856) Democratic Platform Illustrated. United States Cuba Kansas Lawrence, 1856. New York: Published by James G. Varney. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2008661581/.
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Thurston, B, and James G Varney. Democratic Platform Illustrated. New York: Published by James G. Varney. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2008661581/>.