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"One Less Vote"

Topic:
Anti-black Violence
Source:
Harper's Weekly
Cartoonist:
Thomas Nast
Date:
August 8, 1868, p. 512
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This simple but powerful Thomas Nast cartoon appears twice in Harper's Weekly, once each during the 1868 and 1872 presidential campaigns. It graphically tells the story of how violence against black men in the South was often related to the suppression of their political power. To kill Southern black men, or otherwise kept them from the polls, was to undermine the Republican base of support in the region and, thus, to chip away at the foundation of Reconstruction policies. The writing on the wall associates the murder of the black man with the Democratic presidential nomination of Horatio Seymour and the Ku Klux Klan.
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