Campaign Gimmick, Rooster


Democratic and Republican Party leaders would never have chosen the animals that Thomas Nast did to popularize their policies and ideas. The parties typically adopted national symbols, such as the eagle and the flag. After 1840 the Democratic Party often represented itself as a rooster. Such symbols contended, unsuccessfully, with the popularity of donkeys and elephants into the 20th century.

See more items in: Political and Military History: Political History, Presidential History Collection, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith

Exhibition: American Presidency

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PL.227739.1880Catalog Number: 227739.1880

Object Name: Rooster DeviceCampaign Gimmick, Rooster

Physical Description: wood (overall material)paint (overall material)Measurements: overall: 41 in x 36 in x 12 in; 104.14 cm x 91.44 cm x 30.48 cm


Record Id: nmah_1199263

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