Medal, "I Take Responsibility", 1834

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.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1834
associated person
Jackson, Andrew
Physical Description
metal, copper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1 in; 2.54 cm
ID Number
PL.315264.3984
catalog number
315264.3984
accession number
315264
Credit Line
Honorable Michael V. DiSalle in memory of Thomas H. Williams
subject
Political Campaigns
See more items in
Political History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Data Source
National Museum of American History

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