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"THE GOVERNMENT." No.1 "[Eye] TAKE THE RESPONSIBILITY."
   
Complete Explanation:
A satire on Andrew Jackson's "Kitchen Cabinet," the pejorative name given his informal circle of close advisors. The print appeared during the heated controversy incited by Jackson's discontinuation of federal deposits to the Bank of the United States. In the President's September 1833 message to his formal cabinet, announcing this measure he claimed sole "responsibility" for this decision. Many regardless attributed the move to the machinations of Van Buren and other figures of the "Kitchen" group.

"The Government," is shown as a cart, driven by a figure made up of kitchen implements, and drawn by an ass with Jackson's head, who is in turn led by the ear by Martin Van Buren. The cart is marked "K.C." probably standing for Kitchen Cabinet, and bears an emblem composed of a broad-brimmed hat, riding crop, sword, Jackson's eyeglasses, and a cauldron. The same cauldron, inscribed with the word "unit," appears as the mid-section of the driver. (The cryptic term "unit" figures in an earlier cartoon -- again with reference to Jackson's cabinet -- Edward W. Clay's ".00001. The Value of a Unit," no. 1831-1). Into the cart a black man pours a bucket of waste, apparently from the public privvy in the background, marked "Public Accomodation / Place of Deposit" on the right.


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