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"Political Bodies Embalmed"

Topic:
Democratic Party
Source:
Harper's Weekly
Cartoonist:
Frank Bellew
Date:
August 8, 1868, p. 503
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This Frank Bellew cartoon pronounces the death of the Democratic party. The undertaker is August Belmont, the national chairman of the Democratic party. The woman represents Irish-Catholic immigrants, a major voting bloc for the party. Her dark-skinned face may be flushed or it may convey the common notion in 19th-century America that Irish-Catholics were not "white." The boy's stick and clothes suggest the violence and poverty associated with Irish-Catholics by their detractors. The miniature heads on the casket include (back row, l-r, beginning with 2nd from left): Salmon Chase, Andrew Johnson, George McClellan, George Pendleton, Horatio Seymour, and Andrew Jackson. The bespectacled miniature head in front is probably Congressman James Brooks.
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