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"The Union Must and Shall Be Preserved"

Topic:
Campaign Banners
Source:
Library of Congress
Cartoonist:
Unknown
Date:  c1860
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A campaign banner for the Republican ticket. Oval bust portraits of the two candidates are enclosed in rustic bent-twig frames, intended perhaps to recall Lincoln's much-publicized backwoods origins. A rail fence appears above the portraits, draped with a banner with the motto, "Free Speech, Free Homes, Free Territory." An eagle stands on top of it, spreading his wings, surrounded by American flags.
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