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"Young America Rising at the Ballot-Box and Strangling the Serpents Disunion and Secession"

Topic:
Young America
Source:
Harper's Weekly
Cartoonist:
Jacob Dallas (?)
Date:
September 1, 1860, p. 560
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This cartoon is based on a Greek myth in which the jealous goddess Hera sends two serpents to kill the baby Heracles (Hercules), whom Hera's husband Zeus had fathered in an affair with Queen Alcmene of Tiryns. The attack is repelled, however, when the infant calmly grabs the snakes and strangles them to death.
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