Medal token, "Perish Credit", 1834

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Description
Party symbols drawn from the natural world helped to dramatize political issues to reach 19th century Americans, including those who could not read. The donkey (also known as a jackass) as a Democratic symbol dates back to the late 1820s, when Whig attacks against Andrew Jackson rendered his name as “A. Jack-ass.” Medals illustrated with donkeys and pigs bore slogans criticizing Jackson for removing federal deposits from the Bank of the United States.
associated date
1834
associated person
Jackson, Andrew
Physical Description
metal, copper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1 in; 2.54 cm
ID Number
PL.227739.1834.B03
catalog number
227739.1834.B03
accession number
227739
Credit Line
Ralph E. Becker
subject
Politics
See more items in
Political History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Exhibition
Exhibition
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History

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