Jefferson Davis and Lady Liberty
You are viewing an
original 1861 cartoon showing Lady Liberty Strangling Jefferson Davis.
Note that this is not a reprint, and I absolutely guarantee its
authenticity. This leaf was printed in 1861, and this date is clearly
marked on the front of the print. On the day this leaf was printed,
Abraham Lincoln was president of the United States, Slavery was still
being practiced across our land, and the Civil War was raging on!
This is an original
page from an 1861 edition of Harper's Weekly, the most popular illustrated
newspaper of the day. Since Harper's was the first illustrated
newspapers, this print represents one of the earliest political cartoons.
In this print, Lady Liberty is seen strangling Jefferson Davis, the
President of the Confederacy. His tongue is hanging out, and his legs are
labeled "Treason" and "Secession". A number of weapons are falling from
his clothes, and he has torn the constitution in half. The cartoon is
captioned, "Columbia Awakes". The print really interesting, and as an
early political cartoon with important historical content, it is highly
The print also
contains a number of period advertisements for clothing, maps and books.
Overall, a very interesting piece.
This print is in
good condition, and ready to frame and proudly display in your study or
office. Unlike newsprint of this century, these older, original pages
do not yellow and fall apart. The reason is that modern newspapers use
an acid based process. Remnant acid in the paper causes the paper to
quickly yellow and deteriorate. A different process was used in the
mid-1800's which yielded an exceptional quality paper that will last for
centuries. Special acid free mats should be used when you frame this
piece to ensure that it will last another 150 years. Acid free mats are
available at most better frame shops. If you have any questions related
to handling or framing this piece feel free to email me. The print is
approximately 10 3/4 X 16 inches. I have been collecting Civil War
Newspapers for over 10 years. It is a fascinating hobby, and I find
that these pieces really get noticed when framed and displayed on your
Many Original Civil War Prints in my Collection, email Me With Your
Special Requests or Questions !
Thanks for Looking !