"Capitol Fashions for 1837"

This political cartoon criticizes President Martin Van Buren for continuing the economic policies of former president Andrew Jackson during the Panic of 1837. Van Buren is portrayed as a king about to be crowned by a demon. He is standing on several documents including the Specie Circular, bank petitions to revoke the circular and Indian claims. His cloak is trimmed with "shinplasters," the slang term for the often worthless bank notes issued during the 1837 crisis.

Date:
1837
Original Format:
Cartoon
Item#:
8.046
Height:
2609px
Width:
2187px
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