Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    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.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    February, 2020
    22nd-23rd Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 730

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $300,000 (minimum $49), plus 20% of any amount between $300,000 and $3,000,000, plus 12.5% of any amount over $3,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 11 days left to consign to the 2020 June 6 Historic Flags, Including WWII Signature Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    Heritage Auctions and Mr. Chad Reingold were...professional and courteous in all transactions and provided outstanding service in answering my many emails. I recommend them at the highest level.
    Killy M.,
    Melbourne Beach, FL
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search