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Inquiry Question

Historical Context



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Visual Evidence

Cartoon 1: Depiction of Van Buren Taking the Blame for His Own and Jackson's Monetary Policies.

[Graphic] Cartoon 1 with link to higher quality image.
(Print Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, the New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations)

This caricature is typical of political cartoons of the time. It illustrates Van Buren's short stature — "Little Magician" — and clearly shows that he was always in the shadow of the popular Andrew Jackson.

1. How does the cartoon make fun of Jackson's battle with the Bank of the United States and Van Buren's Independent Treasury Act?

2. What is the point of view of the person who drew the cartoon?

3. What building appears in the background and why?

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