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Huzza for the American Navy!

Huzza for the American Navy!

In spite of widespread antiwar sentiment in Massachusetts, there was broad popular enthusiasm for the astonishing series of early victories scored by the small but effective U.S. Navy. This hand-colored broadside contains a whole string of puns and plays on words: the “Wasp” and “Hornet” stinging John Bull are the names of two U.S. Navy ships. John Bull cries out that he is “Hull’d already,” a reference to Captain Isaac Hull of the frigate Constitution, and one of his attackers declares “… you’ll have a Bane to your Bridge, Friend Johnny”—a play on the name of a later commander of the Constitution, Captain William Bainbridge.

Huzza for the American Navy! Political cartoon, engraving