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American Republican Celebration Ribbon

American Republican Celebration Ribbon
Title
American Republican Celebration Ribbon
Date 
1847
Medium 
Silk
Dimensions 
Overall: 8 3/8 x 3 in. ( 21.3 x 7.6 cm )
Description 
White silk copper engraved ribbon with central image of George Washington surrounded by neo-classical floral motif frame surmounted by a running fountain; image of flying Lady Liberty at top with banner "BEWARE OF FOREIGN INFLUENCE"; printed below "AMERICAN REPUBLICAN/ CELEBRATION"; printed in script below bust portrait "History and experience prove that foreign/ influence is one of the most baneful foes/ of a republican government." Image of grasped hands at bottom above "Breaths there a man, with soul so dead,/ That never to himself hath said,/ This is my own, my native land." and "Hail to the land whereon we tread,/ Our fondest boast!/ There is no other land like thee/ No dearer shore;/ Thou art the shelter of the free,/ The home, the port of liberty./ Thou hast been, and shall ever be,/ Till time is o'er./ Ere I forget to think upon/ My land shall mother curse the son/ She bore."
Object Number 
INV.3083
Marks 
printed at bottom of ribbon: "Sold by E.P. Whaites/ 7 Courtland St. N.Y."
Gallery Label 
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. The copper engraved central image of George Washington is identical to that in 1940.102 and INV.5476; ribbons which commemorate the Washington Monument.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group