Civil War, "Bloody Shirt," and Black Americans


 “How Hancock Will (Not) Get the Soldier Vote”
  Cartoonist:  Unknown
  Source:  Harper's Weekly
  Date:   August 28, 1880, p. 560

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
Although Republican presidential nominee James Garfield had been a Union general during the Civil War, Democratic nominee Winfield Hancock was a career military man, whose bravery at Gettysburg and other major Civil War battles earned him the official Thanks of Congress and the nickname "Superb." Democrats hoped that Hancock's military record would attract the substantial vote of Union war veterans. In this cartoon, however, a wounded Union veteran informs Hancock that he will not get the man's vote because of the nominee's political associates. Hancock's "friends" are the two disreputable personifications of Northern and Southern wings of the Democratic party, respectively, the "shoulder-hitter" (left) and the former Confederate soldier (right). (See the explanation for "Miss Columbia (to General H_____).")












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