Topic: Symbols

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The Federal Edifice, from the Massachusetts Centinel

This image is a political cartoon published during the debate over the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. It reflects the fact that by August 1788 eleven of the...
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The Malaysian Flag

In 1957, Malaysian men raise their flag after the British Parliament voted to make their country an independent and equal member of the British Commonwealth of Nations. The...
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The Providential Detection

In this cartoon from 1797, Jefferson’s political enemies portrayed the then-vice-president as dangerously pro-French, un-Christian, and un-American. Jefferson kneels ready to sacrifice the U.S. Constitution on the “altar...
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Treatise on Trees

This is an image of olive branches, an ancient, traditional symbol of peace. In July 1775, the Second Continental Congress sent the so-called “Olive Branch” petition as a...
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Writing Desk

This is an image of the desk on which Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson drew the design for the lap desk which he used when traveling....