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"Deplorable Result of Lincoln's Election"

Topic:
Election Results
Source:
Vanity Fair
Cartoonist:
Henry Louis Stephens
Date:
November 10, 1860, p. 236
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This post-election Vanity Fair cartoon shows the result of Lincolnís election on two of the nationís most politically important newspaper editors, Democrat James Gordon Bennett of the New York Herald and Republican Horace Greeley of the New York Tribune. The artist pictures Bennett putting up the shutters on the Herald building in preparation for migration back to his native Scotland. The street scene in the background underscores the ruin that Lincolnís election would bring. That theme is intensified in the final panel in which Greeley fiddles, ŗ la Nero, while the country burns.
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