Grant and the Republicans


 "The Working Man's Banner" [Grant and Wilson]
  Cartoonist:  Unknown
  Source:  Library of Congress
  Date:  c1872

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
A Republican campaign banner designed to appeal to the labor vote by invoking the working class origins of candidates Ulysses S. Grant and Henry Wilson. Grant wears a tanner's apron and jackboots and holds a shield decorated with stars and stripes. He is identified as "The Galena Tanner." (See "The Great American Tanner," no. 1868-11.) Henry Wilson, who holds a hammer, is identified as "The Natick Shoemaker." (He began his career as a shoemaker in Natick, Massachusetts.) Grant stands near the door to a tannery, and Wilson stands before a shoemaker's bench.

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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