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[N.p. 1828]. - Broadside, 20 3/4 x 13 1/4 inches. Old fold lines. Light wear and minor loss along folds and top edge. Central folds reinforced with tissue on verso, older paper and label on verso at right edge. Lightly tanned. Good plus. One of versions of the "Coffin Handbills" attacking Andrew Jackson in the presidential campaign of 1828. There was considerable mud-slinging between the Jackson and Adams camps during that campaign, which eventually saw the defeat of the incumbent John Quincy Adams and the election of Andrew Jackson. Across the top of the present broadside are six woodcut coffins bearing the names of six militiamen shot on Jackson's orders during the War of 1812; an account of their wrongful execution follows. Below that there are four more accounts of Jackson's evil and murderous deeds, including seven regular soldiers shot on Jackson's orders prior to the six militiamen (complete with coffin woodcuts all in a row); the tale of another soldier unfairly executed (with another woodcut coffin); Jackson assaulting another man in the streets of Nashville and running him through with a sword while he bent over to pick up a rock for defense (with a woodcut of the murderous act); and a brief account of some Indian prisoners executed on Jackson's orders (four more coffins). The bottom portion prints a narrative comparing Jackson with a more merciful commanding officer, with a testimonial by Thomas Hart Benton (who himself had fought a duel with Jackson). The "Coffin Handbill" exists in several formats, of which this would seem to be the rarest. Not in Shoemaker, and only one other copy located, at the American Antiquarian Society.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
Last Found On: 2014-05-04           Check availability:      AbeBooks    


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