Jefferson Davis and Lady Liberty


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Original 1861 Political Cartoon Featuring

Jefferson Davis and Lady Liberty

Jefferson Davis and Lady Liberty

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  The print really interesting, and as an early political cartoon with important historical content, it is highly collectible.

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 wall. 

I Have Many Original Civil War Prints in my Collection, email Me With Your Special Requests or Questions !

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