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"A Critical Moment for the Republican Party"

Topic:
The Republican Nomination
Source:
Harper's Weekly
Cartoonist:
William Allen Rogers
Date:
May 5, 1888, pp. 320-321
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The 1884 presidential campaign was one of the nastiest in American history, with accusations and insinuations of political and moral misconduct characterizing the race between Democrat Grover Cleveland and Republican James Blaine. The sniping was particularly bitter between regular Republicans backing Blaine and a group of independent Republicans (derisively called “Mugwumps”) who bolted the party to support Cleveland. The latter included Harper's Weekly editor George William Curtis and cartoonist Thomas Nast.

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