History : Nov-Dec 2016
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC HISTORY 89 4 7 GRANGER COLLECTION/CORDON PRESS worth a thousand words head lamenting, “D__n it I can’t save my distance—so I may as well draw up.” Onlookers, many politicians themselves, encourage their candidates. 5 John Adams cheers on his son: “Hurra for our son Jack!” while a 6 Jackson supporter calls out “Hurra for our Jack-son!” 7 A large throne labeled the “Presidential Chair” sits in the background, next to a price tag, suggesting that the office was for sale. “A Foot-Race” circulated between late October and early December, and its direct impact on voting is unknown. Historians use the cartoon to assess the political atmosphere of 1824, in which elections were seen as self- interested sporting contests rather than noble democratic exercises. It also foretells of the brewing sectionalism that will bring about the end of the Era of Good Feelings.