Greeley's Campaign Falters


 The Modern Moses to His People"
  Cartoonist:  Matt Morgan
  Source:  Leslie's Illustrated
  Date:   August 24, 1872, pp. 376-377

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
Taking inspiration from the biblical story of Moses leading his people out of bondage in Egypt to the promised land, cartoonist Matt Morgan presents Senator Charles Sumner, a former abolitionist and leading civil rights advocate, as the Moses of American blacks. The image is based on Sumner’s public letter of July 29, 1872, in which he asked black voters to support the Greeley ticket. Here, he commends the freed black men to the protection of the Liberal Republican-Democratic presidential nominee. Standing by Greeley is Senator Carl Schurz, who wears a sash reading, “Reconciliation.” In the background, President Ulysses S. Grant appears as the pharaoh, who with his followers is being engulfed by the closing of the Red Sea.












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