Jun 21, 2016 - Sale 2420

Sale 2420 - Lot 105

Price Realized: $ 4,940
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
(CIVIL WAR--NEW YORK.) Don't Unchain the Tiger! Letterpress broadside, 17 3/4 x 12 inches; closed repaired tears, light staining, washed, laid down on archival tissue, mount remnants on verso. New York: Sinclair Tousey, 24 July 1863

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Issued two weeks after the New York draft riots, this broadside urges restraint, repeating its title refrain six times. "Workingmen! When any man asks you to break the law, and tries to stir up your passions, while he skulks out of sight, you may set him down as your worst enemy. Spurn him as you would a viper. The patriotic Workingmen of the North cannot afford to spend time killing each other. Be wise, and above all things, Don't Unchain the Tiger!" The broadside is signed by "A Democratic Workingman" to appeal to the generally Lincoln-hating rioters and their sympathizers, but it was issued by Republican publisher Sinclair Tousey. Streeter sale, II:1284.