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"Why We Laugh"

Topic:
Republican Nomination
Source:
Harper's Weekly
Cartoonist:
Thomas Nast
Date:
July 8, 1876, p. 545
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Nast followed up "Continue That I Broached In Jest" (which appears in miniature in the lower-left) with this sequel two weeks later, celebrating the Republican nomination of Rutherford Hayes for president and William Wheeler for vice president. Along the left is a summary of the Republican platform, displaying the party's endorsement of black civil rights (#3), the gold standard (#4), civil service reform (#5), tariffs (#8), women's rights (#12), and Union veterans' pensions (#14); its opposition to unrestricted immigration of Chinese workers (#11) and Mormon polygamy (#13); and its association of the current Democratic party with Confederate sympathizers during the Civil War (#16 explicitly and #1 implicitly). Behind the jubilant Nast, the now-unified supporters of the other top presidential contenders embrace and cheer the Hayes-Wheeler ticket. The caption "Why We Laugh" is the title of a book by Democratic Congressman S. S. "Sunset" Cox.
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