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"Both Sides of the Question"

Topic:
Battlefield Analogy
Source:
Harper's Weekly
Cartoonist:
Thomas Nast
Date:
October 24, 1868, p. 681
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Military and, more specifically, battlefield analogies were common in 19th-century political cartooning. Thomas Nast's use of the genre in this elaborate two-page cartoon allows him to highlight the martial leadership of General Ulysses S. Grant, the Republican presidential nominee, during the Civil War. It furthermore provides the cartoonist with another opportunity to associate Grant and the Republican party with loyalty to the Union-they are dressed in the dark blue of the Union troops-and Democratic presidential nominee Horatio Seymour and his supporters with rebellion-they are outfitted in the gray worn by Confederate troops.
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