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“Presidential Cobblers and Wire-Pullers…”

Topic:
Lincoln, McClellan, and the Northern Press
Source:
New York Illustrated News
Cartoonist:
Frank Bellew
Date:
March 5, 1864, p. 297
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With the military situation not going as well as hoped for the Union in early 1864, there was considerable talk that President Abraham Lincoln could not win reelection. However, in this New York Illustrated News cartoon, the president appears as a sleeping giant whose big shoes will be difficult to fill, despite the efforts of tiny “presidential cobblers and wire-pullers.”

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