Seymour as Evil


 "Time, midnight.-Scene, New York City Hall"
  Cartoonist:  Thomas Nast
  Source:  Harper's Weekly
  Date:   September 5, 1868, p. 576

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Caption: Lady*******. "Out, damned spot! Out, I say!……Here's the smell of the blood still: all the perfumes of Democracy will not sweeten theis little hand. Oh! Oh! Oh!"

Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
Horatio Seymour, the Democratic presidential nominee, as Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth cannot wash the blood of her crime-support of the Civil War draft rioters-off her hands. In 1863 Seymour, then governor of New York, addressed the New York City draft rioters as "My friends" and voiced his opposition to the draft. Thomas Nast continually reminded his audience of Seymour's purported complicity in that violent and, in the cartoonist's view, disloyal event. It was also standard for Nast to draw Seymour's curly hair to resemble Satan's horns.












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