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Outstanding 1856 Anti-Slavery Political Cartoon “A PRO SLAVERY INCANTATION SCENE or SHAKSPEARE IMPROVED - See Macbeth”
c. 1856, Printed Anti-Slavery Political Cartoon titled, “A PRO SLAVERY INCANTATION SCENE or SHAKSPEARE IMPROVED - See Macbeth”, drawn by David Claypoole Johnston, Choice Crisp Extremely Fine.
This original, exceedingly rare Anti-Slavery Cartoon measures a large 14” x 20.25” being boldly printed in black upon heavy wove period paper. It is nearly pristine, less two minor, repaired border splits in the outer margin selvage. This important Image dates from the election of 1856. The central theme being the historic and highly controversial issues surrounding the contested Kansas-Nebraska Territory, being “Free Soil” and the Slavery related events that would eventually lead to the American Civil War. It shows President James Buchanan holding the Ostend Manifesto, and Stephen Douglas, in the imagery of a Slave Dealer. They direct the actions of a group of men representing political figures Lewis Cass, Preston Brooks of South Carolina and others, all preparing a “Witches' brew.” The cauldron reads:
"Double, double, Free State trouble - Till Fremont men are straw and stubble." Douglas says: "Pour in streams of Free mens blood - Then the charm is firm and good - To see the blood of Freemen spill - To hear the widows cries so shrill - To know my - Kansas-Nebraska bill - Has caus'd these woes, to me is joy - Here and at home in Illinois."
This impressive print is very clean and fresh in appearance, having crisp paper and boldly printed devices. It is without a doubt the finest Political and Anti-Slavery cartoon from 1856. An excellent item of “Museum” quality, that is perfect for display.