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"Wilkes Booth the Second"

Topic:
Blair Criticized
Source:
Harper's Weekly
Cartoonist:
Thomas Nast
Date:
November 7, 1868, p. 705
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This front-page Thomas Nast illustration appeared just a few days before the presidential election. A corresponding news story, "The Policy of Assassination," reported that Democratic vice-presidential nominee Frank Blair and certain Democratic newspapers were predicting that, if elected, Republican presidential nominee General Ulysses S. Grant would establish a military dictatorship. Some observers claimed that Blair sanctioned Grant's assassination during the Democratic candidate's speech in St. Louis. The caption below the cartoon quotes the New York Democrat as also apparently threatening Grant's assassination if Democrats consider his victory to be the result of vote fraud.
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