Photo, Print, Drawing The rail candidate

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About this Item

Title
The rail candidate
Summary
The antislavery plank was a controversial feature of the 1860 Republican platform. Here Republican nominee Abraham Lincoln is shown uncomfortably straddling a rail--a dual allusion to the platform and to Lincoln's backwoods origins--carried by a black man and abolitionist editor of the New York "Tribune" Horace Greeley (right). Lincoln says, "It is true I have split Rails, but I begin to feel as if "this" rail would split me, it's the hardest stick I ever straddled." The black man complains, "Dis Nigger strong and willin' but its awful hard work to carry Old Massa Abe on nothing but dis ere rail!!" One of Lincoln's foremost supporters in the Northeast, Greeley here assures him, "We can prove that you have split rails & that will ensure your election to the Presidency."
Contributor Names
Currier & Ives.
Maurer, Louis, 1832-1932, artist
Created / Published
New York : Currier & Ives, c1860.
Subject Headings
-  African Americans (portrayed)
-  Greeley, Horace, support of Lincoln's presidential candidacy
-  Lincoln, Abraham, presidential candidate
Format Headings
Lithographs--1860.
Political cartoons--1860.
Genre
Political cartoons--1860
Lithographs--1860
Notes
-  Title from item.
-  Probably drawn by Louis Maurer.
-  Currier & Ives : a catalogue raisonné / compiled by Gale Research. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, c1983, no. 5478
-  Weitenkampf, p. 123
-  Lorant, p. 141
-  Wilson, pp. 30-31
-  Lincoln image, p. 40
-  Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1860-31.
Medium
1 print on wove paper : lithograph : (image) 27 x 36 cm.
Call Number/Physical Location
PGA - Currier & Ives--Rail candidate (A size) [P&P]
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Digital Id
pga 09707 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pga.09707
cph 3a12815 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a12815
Library of Congress Control Number
2001703953
Reproduction Number
LC-DIG-pga-09707 (digital file from original item) LC-USZ62-10393 (b&w film copy neg.)
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on publication.
Online Format
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Description
1 print on wove paper : lithograph : (image) 27 x 36 cm. | The antislavery plank was a controversial feature of the 1860 Republican platform. Here Republican nominee Abraham Lincoln is shown uncomfortably straddling a rail--a dual allusion to the platform and to Lincoln's backwoods origins--carried by a black man and abolitionist editor of the New York "Tribune" Horace Greeley (right). Lincoln says, "It is true I have split Rails, but I begin to feel as if "this" rail would split me, it's the hardest stick I ever straddled." The black man complains, "Dis Nigger strong and willin' but its awful hard work to carry Old Massa Abe on nothing but dis ere rail!!" One of Lincoln's foremost supporters in the Northeast, Greeley here assures him, "We can prove that you have split rails & that will ensure your election to the Presidency."
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