Campaign Gimmick, Rooster

Campaign Gimmick, Rooster

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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.
Object Name
Rooster Device
Campaign Gimmick, Rooster
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 41 in x 36 in x 12 in; 104.14 cm x 91.44 cm x 30.48 cm
ID Number
catalog number
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Political and Military History: Political History, Presidential History Collection
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
American Presidency
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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