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“Bringing The Thing Home”

Topic:
Democratic National Convention
Source:
Harper's Weekly
Cartoonist:
Thomas Nast
Date:
July 13, 1872, p. 548
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The issue of Harper's Weekly in which this cartoon appears hit the newsstands on July 3, almost a week before the start of the Democratic National Convention in Baltimore. It was clearly intended to exert a maximum divisive effect on Southern delegates coming to the convention. The New York Tribune quickly pointed out (on the first day of the convention) that the caption beneath the picture had not appeared in Greeley's newspaper on the given date, and implied that Harper's Weekly had committed an intentional forgery. Two weeks later an editorial in Harper's Weekly (dated July 27) noted that the quotation had been taken from the Tribune of May 1, 1861, three weeks after Fort Sumter had been fired upon, rather than the incorrect date set under the cartoon.
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