“A house divided.” Lincoln, right?

You’re a good student of history. You know that when someone says, “a house divided,” they’re talking about Lincoln’s famous, troubling speech from June 1858. Right?

Look below the fold.

“The Looking Glass for 1787” also features the famous Bible passage, “A House Divided” in a cartoon about the issues before the nation with regard to adopting the Constitution. The artist is thought probably to have been Amos Doolittle.

From the Library of Congress’s on-line “Memory” exhibits, “Treasures of the Library of Congress.”

The process of state ratification of the United States Constitution was a divisive one. This satirical, eighteenth-century engraving touches on some of the major issues in the Connecticut politics on the eve of ratification. The two rival factions shown are the “Federals,” supporters of the constitution who represented the trading interests and were for tariffs on imports, and the “Antifederal,” those committed to agrarian interests and more receptive to paper money issues. The two groups were also divided on the issue of commutation of military pensions. The artist, possibly Amos Doolittle, clearly sides with the Federalist cause. Connecticut is symbolized by a wagon sinking into the mud. Its driver warns, “Gentlemen this Machines is deep in the mire and you are divided as to its releaf —

Good ideas will arise, over and over.

One Response to “A house divided.” Lincoln, right?

  1. bernarda says:

    Totally OT, but I thought you would find this article on Rachel Carson and DDT interesting. It was linked at site Crooked Timber.



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