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title:

Political Cartoon from "The Old Northwest: Pioneer Period 1815-1840" by Roscoe Carlyle Buley

image number:

P0032259

description:

The cartoon is of a counterfeit fifty cent paper bill that "...promise[s] to pay Thomas H. Benton (senator from Missouri), or bearer, fifty cents in counterfeit caricatures..." and is signed by H. R. Robinson and Uncle Sam. Three figures, Andrew Jackson (riding a pig), a man in a hat referred to as an expunger (riding a donkey), and Martin Van Buren (riding a wolf), are racing to the United States Treasury Building. Van Buren travels a low road while Jackson and the expunger travel a high road. Two men are waiting at the Treasury watching Van Buren and wondering which course he will take. At the very bottom it says "Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1837, by H. R. Robinson, in the Clerk's Office of the District of the United States, of the Southern District of New York." The cartoon is in reaction to the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837.

This image appears opposite page 214 if Buley's book and is captioned "Whig Print, 1837".

date taken:

1946 April 6

film code:

Kodak - Safety 16

photographer studio:

Photographic Services

donor image number:

1667

accession number:

2000/003

copyright owner:

Indiana University

topic:

Illustrations

topic:

Political cartoons

topic:

Caricatures

topic:

Presidents

topic:

Counterfeiting

topic:

Money

topic:

Criticism

series:

Groups

subseries:

History