Cartoon, "The Gerry-Mander", 1813

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Description
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.
subject
Political Campaigns
National Museum of American History
Credit Line
Honorable Michael V. DiSalle in memory of Thomas H. Williams
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
white, black (overall color)
Measurements
overall: 19 in x 11 1/4 in; 48.26 cm x 28.575 cm
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Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Exhibition
Exhibition
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
1813
Object Name
Newspaper
ID Number
PL.305360.101
catalog number
305360.101
accession number
305360