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    Down with the Constitution!

    James Buchanan: Outrageous Satiric Broadside. This is possibly the greatest political broadside in the hobby. It measures 12" x 18" and is printed on yellow paper. Unlike conventional broadsides, it does not announce a mass meeting or political rally at a real, specified location. Rather, using "negative campaigning", it ridicules the opposition; in this case, Republican John Frémont and Know-Nothing Millard Fillmore, as well as abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison. It mixes legitimate slogans ("Freedom National! Slavery Sectional!" and "Put None but Americans on Guard to-night.") with cynical, sarcastic versions ("All North! No South!" and "Fremont, Free Love Free Fight!"). Its true origins and intent are evident by the concluding paragraph which states: "All those who are opposed to the Election of James Buchanan to the Presidency, and are willing to 'Let the Union Slide'... are requested to meet at the Powder Mill, now known as the 'Fremont Hut' on Thursday, Aug. 7th, at 8 o'clock, P.M." We suspect that the meeting place existed only in the mind of a Buchanan partisan, the author of this wonderfully graphic piece of campaign demagoguery.

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    22nd-23rd Saturday-Sunday
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