Campaign Banners


 "The Union Must and Shall Be Preserved"
  Cartoonist:  Unknown
  Source:  Library of Congress
  Date:  c1860

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
A campaign banner for the Republican ticket. Oval bust portraits of the two candidates are enclosed in rustic bent-twig frames, intended perhaps to recall Lincoln's much-publicized backwoods origins. A rail fence appears above the portraits, draped with a banner with the motto, "Free Speech, Free Homes, Free Territory." An eagle stands on top of it, spreading his wings, surrounded by American flags.

Below, between the portrait ovals, stand two American laborers flanking a shield marked "Protection to American Industry." On the left is a smith holding a hammer and standing before an anvil. On the right stands a woodman with his ax. The ax-head is embedded in a large, fallen tree. Behind the shield are several smokestacks and the sails of a ship. At the shield's base are two cornucopia.

A similar banner was also produced by Rease for the Bell-Everett ticket (no. 1860-18). The Library's impressions of both were deposited for copyright on June 21, 1860.

Source: American Political Prints, 1766 - 1876: A Catalog of the Collections in the Library of Congress, 1991, by Bernard F. Reilly, Jr.













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