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William Charles (artist and engraver) / [Samuel Kennedy (publisher)], The Hartford Convention or LEAP NO LEAP. [Philadelphia, Dec. 10, 1814.]

War of 1812 political cartoon skewering the Hartford Convention

A scarce and striking political cartoon satirizing the 1814 Hartford Convention, at which delegates from New England states contemplated secession from the Union. Background: The War of 1812 Following the ratification of the Constitution and against the hopes of the Founders, American politics rapidly organized into a two-party system that approximately mirrored sectional differences: Roughly […]

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William Bicknell, Jr. / S.N. Dickinson, Printer, A GEOGRAPHIC CHART TO WHICH ARE ADDED Extracts of the Constitution of each of the States, and the Constitution of the United States, with many USEFUL TABLES- - -upon a NEW PLAN, which brings the answer to the Question, that both may be seen at the same Time. Being designed for Schools and Families. Hartford, Maine, 1833.

A remarkable geographic chart, with huge moveable volvelles

A remarkable, even somewhat bizarre, mid-19thcentury geopolitical educational chart by William Bicknell, Jr. of Hartford, Maine. Bicknell (ca. 1804-1887) was a long-time educator in the Hartford, Maine school district. Accord to the Osher Map Library, he “wrote extensively on a variety of political topics, supporting women’s suffrage and opposing the death penalty.”  For a time […]

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[ 21st Amendment ] Ratification Will Not be a Walk-over!! [:] IF YOU WANT THE EIGHTEENTH AMENDMENT REPEALED HELP US TO HELP THE GRAY STATES. New York: Women’s Organization for National Prohibition Reform, [mid-1933.]

The campaign to pass the 21st Amendment to repeal Prohibition

An unrecorded handbill issued by the Women’s Organization for National Prohibition Reform during the nationwide campaign for the 21st Amendment. With a simple-but-effective persuasive map of the prospects for ratification in each state. On February 20, 1933 Congress passed the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, whose core clause repealed the 18th Amendment, passage of which […]

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[Zion Besieged and Attacked, 1787]. [Philadelphia: William Poyntell, Jan. 1787.]

Zion Besieged and Attacked… “perhaps the most complex and labyrinthine political cartoon ever made”

A large, fantastically-intricate and impossibly rare 1787 political cartoon featuring among others Benjamin Franklin and a talking owl, all reflecting ongoing controversy about the meaning of the American Revolution. On September 28, 1776 Pennsylvania ratified the most democractic of the early state Constitutions, providing for a unicameral legislature, elected annually; an elected, term-limited Executive Council; […]

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Almanac with an allegorical woodcut of the Federal Constitution

A scarce almanac featuring an allegorical woodcut celebrating the Federal Constitution. Note the trumpeting angel bearing a liberty cap in her left hand, the 13 columns in the portico, and the 13 stars in the arched ceiling. The Almanack would have been published in the Fall of 1791, just a few months after Rhode Island […]

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