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Jefferson Banner

Jefferson Banner

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This cloth banner celebrates the electoral victory of Thomas Jefferson over John Adams in the presidential election of 1800. The banner is believed to be one of the earliest surviving textiles carrying partisan imagery, created at the dawn of the first American party system in which power passed from Federalists to Jeffersonian Republicans. Its imagery celebrates Jefferson's electoral victory, while denigrating Adams, his opponent. The banner pictures Jefferson's likeness below an eagle with a streamer in its beak that proclaims, "T. Jefferson President of the United States of America / John Adams is no more."
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Jefferson, Thomas
Adams, John
Physical Description
linen (overall material)
overall: 30 in x 37 in; 76.2 cm x 93.98 cm
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Ralph E. Becker
Presidential Campaign of 1800
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Political and Military 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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