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“‘Peace’ Democracy on the Rampage”

Topic:
Peace Democrats and Copperheads
Source:
The Funniest of Awl and the Phunnyest Sort of Phun
Cartoonist:
Unknown
Date:
No. 5, 1864, p. 16 (bottom)
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In this dramatic Funniest of Awl cartoon, Peace Democrats are depicted as thieves and rioters who murder and steal from free blacks in the North. The main figure in the center is a Catholic Irish-American. The scene is intentionally reminiscent of the violent draft riots in New York City in July 1863.

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