Bald Eagle – a Civil War Era Nutcracker

The year was 1862. Out of so many wondrous inventions and technological improvements of the time, this particular one was chosen to be featured in a March issue of the New York-based Scientific American magazine: a nut cracker which, besides its neat and elegant appearance, possesses extraordinary power. The question is, was this meant as a subtle (or not so subtle) insult to the South? The eagle was seen as a symbol of the North, as strongly indicated in a reconstruction era song: “I hates the nasty eagle, with all his brags and fuss.”

I’m probably reading too much into this…

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