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Independence Declared 1776. The Union Must Be Preserved

Independence Declared 1776. The Union Must Be Preserved

Description (Brief)
Black and white print; central figure of George Washington surrounded by one representative from each of the thirteen states. Washington is holding a scroll upon which is printed, "We declare ourselves free and independent. Behind him is a depiction of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Above him are bust portraits of the first eight presidents of the U.S. The print is flanked by two columns intended to represent New England rising out of Old England surmounted by Hope and Liberty. This print was an example of a commemorative created about 50 years after the American Revolution.
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Object Name
Object Type
date made
Madison, James
Monroe, James
Adams, John Quincy
Jackson, Andrew
Van Buren, Martin
Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier Marquis de Lafayette
Warren, Joseph
Jefferson, Thomas
Washington, George
Adams, John
Moore, Thomas
Arnold, Joseph A.
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
image: 23 in x 17 7/8 in; 58.42 cm x 45.4025 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
Revolutionary War
U.S. National Government, judiciary
Chronology: 1830-1839
Uniforms, Military
State Government
Patriotism and Patriotic Symbols
Battle Scenes
Battle of Bunker Hill, 1775
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Peters Prints
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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