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Rail Candidate

By Louis Maurer


During the campaign of 1860, cartoonists played up Abraham Lincoln’s frontier image as a rail splitter. The rail he rides in this cartoon is that of the Republican Party’s antislavery platform.Unlike the abolitionists, Lincoln was personally resigned to respecting the institution of slavery where it existed under the Constitution. Yet he was firmly committed to stopping its expansion by keeping it out of the western states and territories

Topics: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Caricatures and cartoons; Political cartoons; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Publisher: Indiana Historical Society
Year: 1860
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