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"Marvelous Equestrian Performance on Two Animals"

Topic:
Campaign Analogies: Sports and Entertainment
Source:
Harper's Weekly
Cartoonist:
Frank Bellew
Date:
October 8, 1864, p. 656
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The Democratic National Convention endorsed a peace plank in their platform, but it was repudiated by their presidential nominee George McClellan, who promised to administer the Union war effort more effectively than Lincoln. Thus the Democratic party presented a divided image to the Union electorate of a pro-war presidential candidate supported by an anti-war party. It became a common motif in the 1864 cartoons to picture McClellan straddling two horses (or in this case, a horse and the Democratic Donkey), one labeled "War" and one labeled "Peace." (The straddling-two-horses analogy had been used previously against Republican John C. Frémont in 1856.)
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