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"Would You Marry Your Daughter to a Nigger?"

Topic:
Chase's Candidacy
Source:
Harper's Weekly
Cartoonist:
Thomas Nast
Date:
July 11, 1868, p. 444
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Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase supported black manhood suffrage, yet in 1868 sought the presidential nomination of the Democratic party, whose members largely opposed it. Democratic spokesmen often warned that Republican support of civil rights for black Americans would lead inevitably to miscegenation (interracial marriage). Cartoonist Thomas Nast saw the irony of the Chase candidacy and turned the tables on the Democrats. In this cartoon Nast asks the same question about the Democratic party that the Democrats used to frighten their constituencies away from the Republican party: "Would you marry your daughter to a Nigger?" In the center of the cartoon, Chase presides as the officiating minister at the wedding of a black man and an Irish-American woman, the latter representing Democratic party supporters.
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