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    Large Early 1832-dated Andrew Jackson Broadside on Silk At 18 1/2" x 25 1/2" it is one of the largest of these silk broadsides we have seen, issued by "John Russell, Printer...Hartford, Conn." During the 1820-40s era, it was a common practice to print a certain number of presentation or souvenir copies of important broadsides on silk. Of course, as textiles, these silk broadsides are accorded a premium value in the marketplace over paper versions of a similar nature. This Dec. 10, 1832 broadside is of particular historical significance: it presents the complete text of Jackson's response to South Carolina's attempt to "nullify" an act of the U.S. Congress, setting the stage for a great Constitutional test of states rights versus Federal authority. Jackson declares his unalterable committment to "preserve the Union by all Constitutional means, if possible by moderate but firm measures..." but he warns that a "recourse to force" will be made if necessary. Jackson goes on to warn the citizenry of the seriousness of the stakes: he asks their support and courage and prays that "(God's) wise Providence (will) bring those who have produced this crisis, to see the folly, before they feel the misery of civil strife." South Carolina, led by Jackson's first vice-president, John C. Calhoun, backed down, and the Union stood its first great test. The episode inspired Jackson's declaration, "The Union must and shall be preserved," which became the battle cry of the North a generation later when the nation finally went to War over these sectional and Constitutional differences. While Collins published in Threads of History five different Jackson silk broadsides, this one is unlisted. Because of the subject matter it is certainly a highly important artifact. Basically in very nice condition, free of the usual separation and other damage seen on most early silk broadsides. Some overall age speckling in the lower section is a negative (might be professionally cleaned, but the last owner felt it unnecessary). 18 1/2" x 26" and 28"x 34" as framed.

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