- As you analyze this image, note the symbols the artist used to surround the main figures of Martin Van Buren and Charles F. Adams. In your opinion, what was the artist's purpose in using those symbols? Why would such symbolism make people want to vote for these candidates?
- The Free Soil candidates, Martin Van Buren and Charles F. Adams, were a former president and the son of a former president. What advantage would a party have by recruiting candidates with name recognition? Think about recent elections. Have modern political parties used this strategy? The Free Soil Party received zero electoral votes using candidates with familiar names. How does that compare with the modern elections you looked at?
- Based on this image, what can you infer about the Free Soil Party's stand on the issue of slavery?
- Compare this banner with the Grand National Union Party banner. What similarities do you see in how each party promoted its cause(s) and its candidates? What differences?
"Grand Democratic Free Soil Banner," 1848. Courtesy of Library of Congress