1859 Republican Party and Platforms, Broadside in German
Perhaps Printed at Lincoln’s Own German Newspaper?
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This Broadside, all in German, is obviously aimed at the German-Americans with whom Lincoln had cultivated many close political relationships.
In May 1859 Lincoln purchased the Illinois Staats Anzeiger, a German-language newspaper in Springfield to help support Republicans with that population. Lincoln also sent German speakers like Carl Schurz to speak to German-heavy areas. He was rewarded with a solid vote from German immigrants.
Interestingly, #14 of the Platform is in bold type. It dealt with immigrants and the naturalization laws so would have been of extra consideration by German-Americans, in full: “That the Republican Party will oppose every modification of our naturalization laws and every permission of state laws through which immigrants of foreign lands are granted civil rights will be revoked or impaired, and it will be demanded that all citizens, native or immigrated, domestic or abroad, will be granted complete and strong protection.”
The only other copy extant is one at the ALPLM in Springfield – the only one listed in OCLC. Since there is no printer listed, it is intriguing to speculate: Might Theodore Canisius, who ran Lincoln’s newspaper, have printed it under Lincoln’s suggestion or auspices? Or Dr. Ray, a supporter of Lincoln, at the Chicago Press and Tribune? Or George Schneider, publisher of the Illinois Staats Zeitung and also a long-time supporter of Lincoln? This had to be printed somewhere, and working with typographers familiar with German would be the best people to use in order to assure an accurate translation.
Excellent; toning from prior matting; sm. tape residues away from text.
German Broadside Republican Platform and Candidates, for President of the United States: ABRAHAM LINCOLN of Illinois. For Vice-President: HANNIBAL HAMLIN, of Maine. No place or date, circa 1860. Folio; 1p.; 10-1/2” x 13-1/2”. RARE.