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"No Rest for the Wicked"

Topic:
It Ain't Over Yet!
Source:
Harper's Weekly
Cartoonist:
Thomas Nast
Date:
December 2, 1876, p. 965
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For the third time in one year, Thomas Nast places himself at the center of one of his own cartoons and another Harper's Weekly cover. With the election returns disputed and no agreed upon winner in the presidential sweepstakes, the artist sharpens his pencil for more sketching. He calms any fears his audience may have by explaining (upper-left) that the current circumstances are far different from those of 1860. A key distinguishing factor is President Ulysses S. Grant, who is described as "a fixed pillar in the welter of uncertainty" and compared favorably to the vacillating President James Buchanan (1857-1861). Jefferson Davis' antebellum threat of disunion is in the trash can. There will not be another civil war.
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