Democratic Party


 "'Tis But a Change in Banners"
  Cartoonist:  Frank Bellew
  Source:  Harper's Weekly
  Date:   September 26, 1868, p. 624

Click to return to previous version of this cartoon...

Click to return to previous version of this cartoon

Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
This Frank Bellew cartoon is an example of "waving the bloody shirt"-the Republican attempt to link the Democratic party with secession and the Confederate cause. The cartoonist uses an identical figure in his 1864 and 1868 comparison. The Confederate flag of the former has been exchanged for a "Seymour & Blair" banner and a Ku Klux Klan hat of the latter. The cartoonist emphasizes what he believes is the persistence of the disloyalty and violence that the Democratic party manifested during the Civil War and that which it fosters through its opposition to Reconstruction.












Website design © 2001-2008 HarpWeek, LLC
All Content © 1998-2008 HarpWeek, LLC
Please submit questions to