Anti-Andrew Jackson Broadside, 1828 Presidential Campaign Recalling the War of 1812
Printed broadside, 13 x 21 in., headed A Brief Account of Some of the Bloody Deeds of General Jackson, no publisher, ca 1828. A striking testimony to one of the most bitter presidential campaigns ever fought. This graphic broadside, one of several circulated during the intense and bitter political contest of 1828, accuses Jackson of adultery, murder, and genocide. The existence of several broadsides - textually similar, but typographically different - may be evidence of a coordinated attack on "Old Hickory," but may simply reflect strong local Anti-Jackson factions.
Here, Jackson is tagged a murderer in the execution of 13 militiamen during the War of 1812 (in two separate incidents); and for the merciless extermination of nearly 1,000 Indians in March 1814 and other Indian prisoners in 1818. The text is printed within bold black borders; similar borders divide the text into blocks; one small woodcut shows Jackson stabbing an enemy in the back on the streets of Nashville. At the top are woodcuts of six large coffins, with the names of the executed militiamen; others represent additional supposed victims of his cruelty.
Horizontal and vertical folds in broadside, with few partial separations along folds, including small hole near center fold. Few chips along perimeter