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 Campaign Analogies: Domestic

 


 "Columbia Demands Her Children!"
  Cartoonist:  Unknown
  Source:  Library of Congress
  Date:  c1864

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
This cartoon is an impassioned attack on Abraham Lincoln and the human toll of the Union war effort.

Columbia, wearing a liberty cap and a shirt made of an American flag, demands, "Mr. Lincoln, give me back my 500,000 sons!!!" At the right, Lincoln, unfazed, sits at a writing desk, his leg thrown over the chair back. A proclamation calling for "500 Thous. More Troops," signed by him, lies at his feet. He eplies, "Well the fact isóby the way that reminds me of a Story!!!" The artist refers to the false report published in the New York World that Lincoln had irreverently joked on the battlefield of Antietam.

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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