Item No: PIXC00056
Title: Kitchen Cabinet, The, Or Political Money Changers Removing The Deposits
Print and Picture Collection
Source: The Library Company of Philadelphia
A cartoon addressing the president’s controversial decision to remove federal deposits from the Bank of the United States. The caravan of three mules packing money bags of "$50,000" and walking past the "United States Bank." represent the Jacksonians and the individual that supported this activity , his "Kitchen Cabinet," Amos Kendall, Martin Van Buren, "Globe" editor Francis P. Blair, and possibly proactive Bank opponent Reuben M. Whitney, boast of the ruination of the Bank. To the left, stands Jackson and "Jack Downing", a fictional character created by a newspaper man. Downing warns Jackson about the potential dire consequences of his action. The President responds that he "takes the responsibility" for destroying the "moneyoply," and dismissing Duane. To the right, Secretary of the Treasury William J. Duane, dismissed as a result of his opposition to the removal, and two cohorts declare the unconstitutionality and ignorance of the "despotic and tyrannical measure."