Natural and political history of the Gerry-mander!

Date: 1820
Location: Essex County (Mass.), Massachusetts

Dimensions: 56 x 47 cm.
Scale: Scale not given
Call Number: G3763.E7F7 1820 .N38


Published about 1820, this broadside reprinted the original 1812 newspaper article and cartoon illustrating the first use of the term “Gerry-mander.” It also included a new essay entitled “Political History,” that explained its origins in the Massachusetts’ 1812 senate redistricting plan and confirmed that the results of the subsequent election favored the Democrat-Republicans as anticipated. Although the editors called for the death of the “Gerry-mander,” the practice survived. Two hundred years later, it remains a powerful part of our political lexicon as both a concept and a partisan strategy employed on both sides of the aisle.

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