Rise of the Rail Splitter


William Burleigh, ed. The Republican pocket pistol, a collection of facts, opinions and arguments for freedom. New York: H. Dayton, 1860.

In  addition to campaign biographies, sheet music, and songsters, the 19th century witnessed the emergence of other genres of political print, including campaign newspapers, pamphlets, handbills, posters, and periodicals.  The Republican pocket pistol, a periodical devoted to presenting “in the most precise form practicable, the principles and aims of the Republican party” as well as “the issues involved in its contest with the Slave Power, and its Democratic allies,” appeared monthly between the time of Lincoln’s nomination and his election.  Complete sets of this title are quite rare; Houghton Library owns three of the four numbers known to have been published.

US 5368.46*   Source unknown.