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“A Silly Bugaboo”

Topic:
The Federal Elections (or "Force") Bill
Source:
Judge
Cartoonist:
Victor Gillam
Date:
July 16, 1892, p. 33
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While Republicans “waved the bloody shirt” in the late-nineteenth century by associating the Democratic Party with the Civil War rebellion of the Confederacy, Democrats warned white voters that Republicans were trying to install a regime of “Negro Supremacy” in the South. At the time, most blacks lived in Southern states and most black men voted for the Republican Party, so that the race issue was closely tied to partisanship. This was especially true in the 1892 election when Democrats played on racial fears in order to shore up their Southern electoral base.

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