Bleeding Kansas Satirical Cartoon by John L. Magee.
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DescriptionBleeding Kansas Satirical Cartoon by John L. Magee. 17.25" x 12", [Philadelphia]; 1856. A medium lithograph titled "Liberty, the Fair Maid of Kansas in the Hands of the "Border Ruffians.'" It first appeared during the presidential campaign of 1856 and shows Franklin Pierce dressed as a "border ruffian" with his foot on the American flag while Lady Liberty implores him to spare her. Around him stands Stephen Douglas, James Buchanan and William Marcy engaged in various acts of brutality. The satirical cartoon supporting John C. Fremont, served as a sharp condemnation of the Democratic party's reaction to the outbreak of violence following the 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act.
Condition: Uniformly sunned. Lightly rubbed. Pencil notation and two areas of linen tape to verso.
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