Photo, Print, Drawing "The irrepressible conflict" Or the Republican barge in danger
About this Item
- "The irrepressible conflict" Or the Republican barge in danger
- The cartoon reflects the considerable bitterness among New York Republicans at the party's surprising failure to nominate New York senator William H. Seward for president at its May 1860 national convention. The print was probably issued soon after the convention's nomination of Abraham Lincoln. The "Republican Barge" tosses on a stormy sea, precariously close to a rocky shore, with Lincoln (far left) at the rudder. "I'll take the helm. I've steered a 'flat' boat before," says Lincoln. Also in the barge are (left to right) "Tribune" editor and powerful Lincoln supporter Horace Greeley, Missourian Edward Bates, an unidentified man, and former Washington "Globe" editor and influential Jacksonian Democrat Francis Preston Blair. The three men together heave Seward overboard. Greeley says, "Over you go Billy! Between you and I there is an "Irrepressible Conflict." Bates encourages him, "Over with him Horace never mind his kicking!" while Blair says, "He can't withstand my muscle for I once moved the Globe." The idea of an "irrepressible conflict" between slaveholding and free interests in the Union was taken from Seward's famous 1858 Rochester speech against slavery. The term became a catchphrase for radical antislavery factions in the North. Seward protests, "Dont throw 'me' overboard, I built this boat, and I alone can save it." Further right are three unidentified men, two of whom are speaking. One cries, "I'm afraid this boat will sink." The other remarks, "If it had only been built in two sections instead of one we might be saved." A black wearing "Discord's Patent Life Preserver" notes, "If de boat and all hands sink, dis Nigger sure to swim, Yah! Yah!" In the bow sits New York "Courier" editor James Watson Webb, who warns, "Breakers ahead!!" Watching anxiously from the shore is Brother Jonathan, clad in striped trousers, coat with tails, and a tall hat. He admonishes the boat's crew, "You wont save your crazy old craft by throwing your pilot overboard; better heave that tarnal Nigger out."
- Currier & Ives.
- Maurer, Louis, 1832-1932, artist
Created / Published
- [New York] : Published by Currier & Ives, 152 Nassau St. N.Y., 
- - Lincoln, Abraham,--1809-1865
- - Greeley, Horace,--1811-1872
- - Bates, Edward,--1793-1869
- - Blair, Francis Preston,--1791-1876
- - Seward, William H.--(William Henry),--1801-1872
- - Webb, J. Watson--(James Watson),--1802-1884
- - Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
- - Brother Jonathan (Nickname)
- - African Americans--Civil rights--1860
- - Presidential elections--United States--1860
- - Slavery--United States--1860
- - Longboats--1860
- - Reefs--1860
- - Passengers--1860
- Ethnic stereotypes--1860.
- Political cartoons--1860.
- Political cartoons--1860
- Ethnic stereotypes--1860
- - Title from item.
- - Probably drawn by Louis Maurer.
- - Currier & Ives : a catalogue raisonné / compiled by Gale Research. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, c1983, no. 3374
- - Weitenkampf, p. 122
- - Wilson, p. 68-69
- - Lorant, p. 235
- - Forms part of: Popular graphic art print filing series (Library of Congress).
- - Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1860-28.
- 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; sheet 34.3 x 46.1 cm.
Call Number/Physical Location
- PGA - Currier & Ives--Irrepressible conflict ... (B size) [P&P]
- Popular graphic art print filing series (Library of Congress)
- Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
- pga 04897 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pga.04897
- cph 3a05727 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a05727
Library of Congress Control Number
- LC-DIG-pga-04897 (digital file from original print) LC-USZ62-1988 (b&w film copy neg.)
- No known restrictions on publication.
Additional Metadata Formats
- (James Watson)
- (William Henry)
- African Americans
- Bates, Edward
- Blair, Francis Preston
- Brother Jonathan (Nickname)
- Civil Rights
- Ethnic Stereotypes
- Greeley, Horace
- Lincoln, Abraham
- Political Cartoons
- Presidential Elections
- Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
- Seward, William H.
- United States
- Webb, J. Watson
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Currier & Ives, and Louis Maurer. "The irrepressible conflict" Or the Republican barge in danger. United States, 1860. [New York: Published by Currier & Ives, 152 Nassau St. N.Y] Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2003674592/.
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Currier & Ives & Maurer, L. (1860) "The irrepressible conflict" Or the Republican barge in danger. United States, 1860. [New York: Published by Currier & Ives, 152 Nassau St. N.Y] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2003674592/.
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Currier & Ives, and Louis Maurer. "The irrepressible conflict" Or the Republican barge in danger. [New York: Published by Currier & Ives, 152 Nassau St. N.Y] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2003674592/>.