Sunday, March 10, 2013

Day 43, March 10

Things would get even more heated in 1828, and once again an Adams would be in the middle of it. This time it was John Quincy Adams, son of John Adams, running for president against Andrew Jackson.

One of Adams’s supporters, a Philadelphia printer named John Binns, produced a variety of handbills, known as the Coffin Handbills, which showed six black coffins and accused Jackson of ordering the execution of six of his soldiers for desertion in the War of 1812. The Adams supporters were trying to defeat Jackson by taking his strength as a national war hero and turning it into a weakness.

It gets better ... or worse.  One of the handbills also accused Jackson of being a cannibal, that after massacring over 500 Indians one evening, “the blood thirsty Jackson began again to show his cannibal propensities, by ordering his Bowman to dress a dozen of these Indian bodies for his breakfast ..."

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