The Gerry-Mander. A new species of Monster which appeared in Essex South District in Jan. 1812.
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This political cartoon satirizes Gov. Elbridge Gerry and the Massachusetts (Jeffersonian) Republican Party for re-drawing legislative districts in Essex County to ensure their victory in the state Senate in 1812. The district map resembling the shape of a salamander is complete with claws, fangs, and a pointed tongue. The term gerrymandering is still used to describe the practice of redistricting for political gain.