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The Enslaved Households of Martin Van Buren - Photo 5

The Enslaved Households of Martin Van Buren - Photo 5

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White House Collection/The White House Historical Association

The Enslaved Households of Martin Van Buren - Photo 5

This satirical drawing of President Martin Van Buren was created by David Claypool Johnston around 1840. Holding a golden goblet with the initials "MVB," it shows the president enjoying "White House champagne." Critics of President Van Buren insisted he was living lavishly at the Executive Mansion while most Americans struggled during the economic depression of the late 1830s.

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