Natural and political history of the Gerry-mander! : In two chapters
- Natural and political history of the Gerry-mander! : In two chapters
Published about 1820, this broadside reprinted the original 1812 newspaper article and cartoon illustrating the first use of the term "Gerry-mander." It also included a new essay entitled "Political History," that explained its origins in the Massachusetts' 1812 senate redistricting plan and confirmed that the results of the subsequent election favored the Democrat-Republicans as anticipated. Although the editors called for the death of the "Gerry-mander," the practice survived. Two hundred years later, it remains a powerful part of our political lexicon as both a concept and a partisan strategy employed on both sides of the aisle.
- Russell, John, 1764?-1831
- Cutler, James, 1774-1818
- Gardner, Simon, 1790-1824
Boston Public Library
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
- Collection (local):
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection
Election districts--Massachusetts--Essex County
Massachusetts--Politics and government--1775-1865
Massachusetts--Politics and government--Caricatures and cartoons
Essex County (Mass.)--Politics and government--1775-1865
Gerry, Elbridge, 1744-1814
Exhibited: "America Votes: Mapping the Political Landscape" organized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 2012.
Text of first chapter, "Natural history," and accompanying relief cut originally published in the March 26, 1812, issue of the Boston gazette, with title: The Gerry-mander. A new species of monster, which appeared in Essex south district in January last.
Imprint dates suggested by content of last paragraph. During these years the Boston gazette was printed, successively, by the firms of Russell & Cutler; Russell, Cutler & Co.; and Russell & Gardner.
Text in two columns; printed area measures 50.2 x 35.1 cm.
Not in Shaw & Shoemaker.
- 1 sheet : ill. (relief cuts), map ; 56 x 47 cm.
- Call #:
G3763.E7F7 1820 .N38
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