Overall: 7 1/2 x 2 7/8 in. ( 19 x 7.3 cm )
White silk ribbon with looped edges printed in black; central square portrait of George Washington in Renaissance Revival style frame; surmounted by fountain and angel with trumpet and banderole; image of clasped hands below. Inscribed: "BEWARE OF FOREIGN INFLUENCE" on banderole, "AMERICAN REPUBLICAN/Procession Nov. 4th 1844.", "History and experience prove that foreign/influence is one of the most baneful foes/of a republican government.", "We are One", " 'Breathes there a man, with soul so dead/That never to himself hath said/This is my own, my native land?' ", "Sold by E. P. Whaites 1. Courtlandt St. N.Y."
The American Republican Party, formed in 1843, attracted nativists and promised reform at a time when dissatisfaction with government was widespread. In the elections of 1844 it nominated as its mayoral candidate the publisher James Harper, who won the election. Harper and other Native American Democrats failed to fill their campaign promises and were replaced by Democrats in the elections of 1845.
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