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“Cold Water Comfort”

Topic:
Prohibition
Source:
Harper's Weekly
Cartoonist:
Thomas Nast
Date:
October 25, 1884, p. 707
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As the presidential campaign heated up, three Thomas Nast cartoons in Harper's Weekly featured Republican nominee James Blaine and National Prohibition party nominee John St. John. The Prohibition party drew votes away mainly from the Republican party, and was thus a serious threat in the close election of 1884. Blaine tried not to alienate voters on either side of the controversial question by calling it a local question.
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