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In the cartoon, the 1860 presidential candidates for the four political parties are featured. Abraham Lincoln is shown balancing on one end of a rail that is propped on a rock labeled "Abolition Rock." The rail extends over a "Salt River" from a bank labeled "North" to another bank labeled "South." At the other end of the rail, Horace Greely falls. Immediately behind Lincoln, Stephen A. Douglas balances on a tightrope labeled "Non Intervention" and holds a boat oar labeled "Squatter Sovereignty." Behind Douglas, John C. Breckinridge rides on the shoulders of Joseph C. Lane; the latter walks on a tightrope labeled "Slavery Extension." In the background, Candidates John Bell and Edward Everett of the Constitutional Union Party stand on a bridge labeled "Constitutional Bridge."
Swann Auction Galleries. https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/auction-lot/(PRINTS--CARTOONS.)-Political-Blondins-Crossing-Salt-River.-2486+++++110+-++748213 (Accessed 10 July 2019).
Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams
Approximate Creation Date
13 1/2 x 18 inches
Materials and Techniques Display
paper (fiber product); lithography; hand coloring
[Physical ID#]: [Title], Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, Mississippi State University Libraries.
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