Hancock's Uphill Battle


 “Now or Never—The White House or ‘Bust’!”
  Cartoonist:  William Allen Rogers
  Source:  Harper's Weekly
  Date:   October 16, 1880, p. 661

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
In a last-ditch effort to capture the White House, Democratic presidential nominee General Winfield Hancock readies to fire a dangerously dilapidated cannon from the sinking Democratic ship. His compatriots, most wearing Irish shamrocks, are (left to right): 1876 presidential nominee Samuel Tilden; 1876 vice-presidential nominee Thomas Hendricks; Hancock; Senator L. Q. C. Lamar of Mississippi; Senator Wade Hampton of South Carolina; [unknown]; Tammany Hall boss John Kelly in a workman's apron advertising for patronage jobs; possibly Senator Thomas Bayard of Delaware; former congressman Benjamin Butler; Senator Allen Thurman of Ohio; Speaker of the House James Randall of Pennsylvania; and Hancock's vice-presidential running-mate William English, sitting on his riches ("barrel of money"). The cannon reveals splits in the Democratic party in Georgia, Virginia, and, most importantly, New York, where the Tilden-Kelly feud undermined the Hancock campaign. Besides the White House, main targets of the Democratic attack include the public schools and the federal treasury.












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