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"Wonderful Surgical Operation"

Topic:
Lincoln and the Republicans
Source:
Vanity Fair
Cartoonist:
Henry Louis Stephens
Date:
November 3, 1860, p. 225
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This cartoon appeared in Vanity Fair on the eve of the 1860 presidential election. It depicts Abraham Lincoln ready to separate surgically James Gordon Bennett, the Democratic newspaper editor, from James Buchanan, the outgoing president. At the time, Bennett was a major supporter of Buchanan and the Democratic party and therefore opposed the election of Lincoln.
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