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"Progressive Democracy - Prospect of a Smash Up"

Topic:
Republicans and Democrats
Source:
Library of Congress
Cartoonist:
Louis Maurer (?)
Date:  c1860
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Republican candidate Abraham Lincoln and running mate Hannibal Hamlin are shown about to destroy a Democratic party paralyzed by internal dissension. The Republicans ride a locomotive named "Equal Rights" toward a crossing where the wagon "Democratic Platform," hitched to two opposing teams, is stalled on the track. The two teams try to pull the wagon in opposite directions. Horses with the heads of Stephen A. Douglas and bearded vice presidential nominee Hershel V. Johnson pull toward the left. A team with the heads of southern Democrats John C. Breckinridge and Joseph Lane strain toward the right.
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