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    Martin Van Buren: A Rare Oversized 1840 Broadside Opposing the Incumbent President. Unusual printed broadside, two pages each 22" x 16", opening to 44" x 32" overall. Calling out to "DEMOCRATS!!! Mechanics, Farmers and Working Men" to "Read Attentively the annexed Bill, for the raising of a Standing Army of 200,0000 men...proposed by J.R. Poinsett, the present Secretary of War, and recommended to Congress by Martin Van Buren, President of the United States...when you have read, ask yourself if this is a truly 'Democratic' measure.... This is not Democracy; it is Federalism of the deepest dye...." It goes on to quote the Bill (which is attached opposite the broadside) which calls for all white males between 20 and 45 to enroll in the National militia, arming themselves at their own expense; of whom 100,000 will be drafted into active duty. The broadside further proclaims "...should he [Van Buren> be elected, it will undoubtedly become a law of the land. The state of Virginia...has been...strenuously opposed to a large Standing Army, and it was this bill that lost the Van Buren party the election of their April. Mr. Van Buren declared that he had not seen the Bill...and that he 'entertained some doubts about the Constitutionality of the desired measure....'" Prominent among the broadside's complaints is that those fined for insubordination are subject to imprisonment if they cannot pay up, so that the rich are less severely punished than the poor (it sarcastically refers to this as "Beautiful Democracy"). Slight age toning and dampstains, some splitting at folds, otherwise very good.

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