Photo, Print, Drawing The folly of secession
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- The folly of secession
- South Carolina struggles against the outgoing Buchanan administration in an attempt to "smash the Union up!" The artist uses the age-old pictorial conceit of two parties pulling on the different ends of a cow, while a man in the middle (in this case identified as "Georgia") happily milks the beast. The cow is emblazoned with the statement, "The Union. I have a good Constitution, and can stand a pretty strong pull!" The cartoon no doubt refers to South Carolina governor Francis Pickens's attempts early in 1861 to attract other Southern states to the secessionist cause. The artist clearly sympathizes with James Buchanan's efforts to preserve the Union. As Pickens expresses his intent Buchanan vows, "Not if I can prevent it governor!" The cow also speaks, "Governor, if you pull too hard on my tail, I'll kick you into the Atlantic Ocean." Toombs chimes in, "Pull away boys!! Georgia will get the cream of this joke!!" as he draws milk into a pail labeled "City of Savannah." The artist may be referring to Georgia's exploitation of the conflict to seize federal Fort Pulaski at Savannah on January 3. (Georgia's perfidy is cited again in "The Southern Confederacy A Fact!!!," no. 1861-22.) Although the print has no imprint it is, as Weitenkampf asserts, clearly the work of Currier & Ives.
- Currier & Ives.
Created / Published
- New York : Published by Currier & Ives, 1861.
- - Buchanan, James,--1791-1868
- - Pickens, F. W.--(Francis Wilkinson),--1805-1869
- - Toombs, Robert Augustus,--1810-1885
- - Criticism--1860-1870
- - Secession--Georgia--1860-1870
- - Secession--South Carolina--1860-1870
- - Fort Pulaski (Ga.)--1860-1870
- - Savannah (Ga.)--1860-1870
- Political cartoons--1860-1870.
- Political cartoons--1860-1870
- - Published by Currier & Ives, New York.
- - Title appears as it is written on the item.
- - Gale, no. 2256.
- - Weitenkampf, p. 128.
- - Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1861-5.
- 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 27.8 x 38 cm. (image)
Call Number/Physical Location
- Stern Collection, portfolio 4, no. 15 c-Rare Bk Coll
- Library of Congress Rare Book and Special Collections Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
- cph 3b38363 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b38363
Library of Congress Control Number
- LC-USZ62-92039 (b&w film copy neg.)
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Currier & Ives. The Folly of Secession. South Carolina Savannah Georgia Fort Pulaski, 1861. New York: Published by Currier & Ives. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2008661613/.
APA citation style:
Currier & Ives. (1861) The Folly of Secession. South Carolina Savannah Georgia Fort Pulaski, 1861. New York: Published by Currier & Ives. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2008661613/.
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Currier & Ives. The Folly of Secession. New York: Published by Currier & Ives. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2008661613/>.