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"Election-Day"

Topic:
Voting and Election Results
Source:
Harper's Weekly
Cartoonist:
Thomas Nast
Date:
November 12, 1864, pp. 728-729
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This Thomas Nast cartoon, like "How the Copperheads Obtain Their Votes," also appeared on November 2, a week before the presidential election on November 8. It shows Columbia (guarded by the American Eagle), soldiers, and respectable citizens, all voting for Lincolnís reelection. In the upper-left, the angel of peace is held captive by the demons of "Southern Rebellion" and "Traitors North". The Democratic voter in the lower-right inset picture is a stereotypical caricature of a disheveled Irish-American, who is here being guided by a reporter from the pro-Confederate London Times. The lower-center panel reminds voters of the bloody sacrifice made by Union soldiers on their behalf.
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