Lincoln and McClellan Compared


 "Union and Liberty! And Union and Slavery!"
  Cartoonist:  Unknown
  Source:  Library of Congress
  Date:  c1864

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
This print is an anti-McClellan broadside, contrasting Republican nominee Abraham Lincoln’s advocacy of equality and free labor in the North to Democratic opponent McClellan’s alleged support of the Southern slave system.

The comparison is made in two scenes, "Union and Liberty" (left) and "Union and Slavery" (right). In the first, Lincoln shakes the hand of a bearded man wearing a square paper labor cap, while black and white school children issue from a schoolhouse flying the American flag in the background. On the right, McClellan, in military uniform, shakes the hand of Confederate president Jefferson Davis, as a slave auction takes place behind them.

Source: American Political Prints, 1766 - 1876: A Catalog of the Collections in the Library of Congress, 1991, by Bernard F. Reilly, Jr.












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