Sep 26, 2019 - Sale 2517

Sale 2517 - Lot 72

Price Realized: $ 4,750
?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, 19 x 12 inches, on thin paper; light mat toning, moderate wear to bottom edge, mount remnant on verso. New York: N.Y. Workingmen's Democratic Republican Association, [1863]

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Issued shortly 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. Another printing (perhaps the earlier?) bears the date 24 July 1863 and was "sold by" Republican publisher Sinclair Tousey. Two copies of this "Workingmen's Democratic Republican Association" edition are traced in OCLC. Streeter sale, II:1284.