Martin Van Buren Election Print
This is one of the few election prints published in favor of Martin Van Buren during the 1840 presidential election. The print emphasizes Democratic support for labor issues. An eagle holding a banner with the words "Independent Treasury and Liberty" flies above Van Buren's portrait. This refers to Van Buren and Andrew Jackson's efforts to replace the former elitist Bank of the United States with an independent treasury. Former president Jackson stands atop the left column holding a copy of his 1832 veto of the U.S. bank's charter. A workingman stands atop the right column holding paper with the words "ten hours." This refers to Van Buren's order to reduce the federal employee's work day to ten hours.
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