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“The Modern Mazeppa”

Topic:
Lincoln in Confederate and British Eyes
Source:
Fun
Cartoonist:
Unknown
Date:
October 29, 1864, p. 65
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This cartoon from Fun depicts President Abraham Lincoln as Mazeppa, a 17th-century Cossack general, being carried by a galloping horse “to the ruins.” Fun was a British humor magazine (1861-1901) favoring the Liberal Party. However, on the issue of the American Civil War it joined Conservative rival Punch to express sympathy for the Confederate cause and opposition to the Union war effort.

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