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“Little Mac’s Strategy at Fault”

Topic:
The Democratic "Chicago" Platform
Source:
The Funniest of Awl and the Phunnyest Sort of Phun
Cartoonist:
Unknown
Date:
No. 5, 1864, p. 16 (top)
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In this Funniest of Awl cartoon, Democratic presidential nominee George McClellan (“Little Mac”) realizes that his own Democratic fort, enclosed by the Chicago Platform (with its peace plank), is a graveyard (Golgotha: “place of the skull”) for “States Rights,” “Prejudice,” “Oppression,” and other party skeletons and demons. Peering at McClellan from behind the Chicago Platform are Congressman Fernando Wood (left) and Manton Marble (right), editor of the New York World.

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