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Currier & Ives "Uncle Sam" making new arrangements

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03488 Author/Creator: Currier & Ives Place Written: New York, New York Type: Print Date: 1860 Pagination: 1 lithograph : b&w ; 34.4 x 43.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Published by Currier & Ives at 152 Nassau Street, New York. Black and white political cartoon related to Abraham Lincoln's 1860 election. Uncle Sam holds a wanted sign which reads, "An honest upright and capable man to take charge of this house for four years. Undoubted testimonials will be required." Portrays Lincoln being hired by Uncle Sam, while John Bell, J.C. Breckinridge, and Stephen Douglas respond to the advertisement but are turned away. James Buchanan is seen inside the establishment packing up his "dirty linen". Lincoln wears plain working clothes and carries an axe, while the other 5 gentlemen wear suits.

Background Information:

People: Currier & Ives, fl. 1857-1907
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Bell, John, 1797-1869
Breckinridge, John C. (John Cabell), 1821-1875
Buchanan, James, 1791-1868

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Art, Music, Theater, and FilmHumor and SatirePoliticsPresidentGovernment and CivicsElectionAmerican Symbols and Seals

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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