Republicans and Democrats


 “Our Portrait Gallery—No. 5: The Split-Tail Democracy” and “Rail Lyrics—No. 5”
  Cartoonist:  Unknown
  Source:  The Rail Splitter (Chicago)
  Date:   July 21, 1860, p. 1

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
In this Chicago Rail Splitter cartoon, Republican Abraham Lincoln has used a trap made of a rail to capture the twin possums of the Democratic Party: the presidential nominees of its Northern and Southern factions, Senator Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois (right) and Vice President John C. Breckinridge of Kentucky (left).













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