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Where did these Political Symbols come from???. Political Images – Donkey Democrat Symbol. Presidential candidate Andrew Jackson was 1st Democrat to be associated with the donkey symbol.

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political images donkey democrat symbol
Political Images – DonkeyDemocrat Symbol
  • Presidential candidate

Andrew Jackson was 1st

Democrat to be associated

with the donkey symbol.

  • His opponents during the 1828 election tried to label him a “jackass” for his Populist beliefs “Let the people rule”
slide3
Andrew Jackson found it amusing and used the donkey on his campaign posters!
  • Political Cartoonist Thomas

Nast is credited with making

the donkey the recognized

symbol of the Democratic

Party

political images elephant republican symbol
Political Images – ElephantRepublican Symbol
  • Thomas Nast is also

responsible for the

Republican Party symbol

  • Nast drew a political cartoon about a donkey clothed in lion’s skin, scaring away all of the animals in a zoo
  • One of the animals was labeled “The Republican Vote” and it stuck.
political images ballot box
Political Images - Ballot Box
  • Practice of secret voting
  • Dates back to Ancient

Greeks

    • used black and white balls
    • white - yes, black - no
    • placed into a bag so no

one wouldknow your vote

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US political parties during the early 19th Century would print and distributed ballots to voters
    • Not secret, politicians knew how you voted
  • Reformed: government printed all ballots and supervised elections

so politicians could not

watch people vote.

political images uncle sam
Political Images - Uncle Sam
  • Cartoon representing the

government of the US

  • Character began to appear in

newspapers and magazines

around the 19th century

Over the years, he has evolved into

tall, white-haired man with a beard

dressed in red, white and blue

slide9
Uncle Sam was modeled after Samuel Wilson, a meat supplier
  • The US government bought their meat from Sam during the War of 1812
  • Stamped his meat US and

became known as

“Uncle Sam”