Civil War, "Bloody Shirt," and Black Americans


 “Hancock and Lincoln”
  Cartoonist:  Thure de Thulstrup
  Source:  Harper's Weekly
  Date:   November 6, 1880, p. 719

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
For nearly 20 years Harper's Weekly had been a strong and consistent promoter of civil rights for black Americans. This cartoon contrasts the apparently racist attitude of 1880 Democratic presidential nominee Winfield Hancock with the racially egalitarian sentiments of Republican President Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865). The top quote in the box is an allegation made during the 1880 presidential campaign by former president and Union commander Ulysses S. Grant against Hancock. It is paired with an opposing and exemplary opinion expressed by Lincoln during the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates in Illinois. The artist hopes that Hancock's previously expressed view will, like the figure of Lincoln in this cartoon, come back to haunt the Democratic nominee on election day.












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