Cartoon, "The Gerry-Mander", 1813

Cartoon, "The Gerry-Mander", 1813

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The “Gerry-Mander” cartoon first appeared in the Boston Gazette, March 26, 1812, and was quickly reprinted in Federalist newspapers in Salem (this copy is from the Salem Gazette from April 2, 1813) and Boston. The cartoon expressed opposition to state election districts newly redrawn by Massachusetts’ Jeffersonian Democratic-Republican Party, led by Governor Elbridge Gerry. Fearing that the Federalist Party would gain power in the 1812 election, Gerry consolidated Federalist voting strength in a salamander-shaped voting district. The practice—though not invented by Gerry—became known as a “gerrymandering.
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paper (overall material)
white, black (overall color)
overall: 19 in x 11 1/4 in; 48.26 cm x 28.575 cm
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Honorable Michael V. DiSalle in memory of Thomas H. Williams
Political Campaigns
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Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
American Democracy
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National Museum of American History
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National Museum of American History
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