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The Wide-Awake Gift: A Know-Nothing Token for 1855. "Put None but Americans on Guard To-Night."

One of 'Em." -

Published by New york. J. C. Derby. 1854., 1854
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First Edition. Frontispiece portrait of Daniel Webster, engraved by J. C. Buttre. Illustrations by T. H. Matteson, also engraved by Buttre or by Rice and Buttre. Pages 312 pp.12mo. Red publisher's cloth embossed and decorated with gilt illustration of George Washington on front cover and gilt illustrated and lettered spine. First Edition. Illustrated with plates. The Know-Nothing movement ofthe 1840-1850's was a xenophobic, anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant (especially Irish Catholics fleeing the famine in Ireland), jingoistic movement founded by "native-born" Americans and achieving some temporary political success. They adopted George Washington, Patrick Henry and others as their symbols and published this volume of patriotic Americana to stir their troops in the battle to defend their form of an America for Americans. Spine ends and corners slightly bumped and worn. Minimal foxing and browning. Owner's signature in pencil on front free end-paper ("C. Y. Sturtevant/ Hartlund/Vermont/May23rd/1863"). Else, Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 8911

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Title: The Wide-Awake Gift: A Know-Nothing Token ...

Publisher: New york. J. C. Derby. 1854.

Publication Date: 1854

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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