Photo, Print, Drawing [Lincoln & Douglas in a presidential footrace]. No. 1, 1860

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Title
[Lincoln & Douglas in a presidential footrace]. No. 1, 1860
Summary
Rival presidential nominees Lincoln and Douglas are matched in a footrace, in which Lincoln's long stride is a clear advantage. Both sprint down a path toward the U.S. Capitol, which appears in the background right. They are separated from it by a rail fence, a reference to Lincoln's popular image as a rail-splitter. Douglas, whose characteristic shortness is here exaggerated to dwarfish dimensions, wonders aloud, "How can I get over this Rail Fence." Over his shoulder he carries a cane on which hangs a jug marked "M.C.," which probably refers to the Missouri Compromise, repealed in 1854 largely through Douglas's efforts. As he runs, playing cards spill from his pockets (suggesting perhaps a penchant for gambling). Lincoln, whose height is equally exaggerated, runs along beside him waving his hat and carrying a rail-splitter's maul over his shoulder. He says confidently, "It [i.e., the rail fence] can't sto\p me for I built it." From the fence on the far right a black youth taunts Douglas, "You can find me in dis yer Fence Massa Duglis." The last is evidently a reference to the slavery question central to the election campaign. The print probably appeared late in the campaign, as the Library's impression was deposited for copyright on September 21, 1860. The footrace image is also used in a similar cartoon discussed by Wilson, entitled "A Political Race" (Wilson, p. 52).
Contributor Names
J. Sage & Sons.
Created / Published
Buffalo, N.Y. : Published by J. Sage & Sons, 1860.
Subject Headings
-  Douglas, Stephen A.--(Stephen Arnold),--1813-1861
-  Lincoln, Abraham,--1809-1865
-  United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)--1860
-  Presidential elections--United States--1860
-  Slavery--1860
Headings
Lithographs--1860.
Political cartoons--1860.
Notes
-  Entered . . . 1860 . . . by J. Sage & Sons.
-  Published by J. Sage & Sons 209 Main St. Buffalo N.Y.
-  Title appears as it is written on the item.
-  Weitenkampf, p. 121-122.
-  Wilson, p. 20-21.
-  Forms part of: American cartoon print filing series (Library of Congress)
-  Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1860-38.
Medium
1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 29.9 x 34.5 cm. (image)
Call Number/Physical Location
PC/US - 1860.S129, no. 1 (B size) [P&P]
Source Collection
American cartoon print filing series (Library of Congress)
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Digital Id
cph 3a17091 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a17091
ppmsca 15777 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.15777
Library of Congress Control Number
2008661608
Reproduction Number
LC-DIG-ppmsca-15777 (digital file from original) LC-USZ62-14834 (b&w film copy neg.)
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on publication.
Language
English
Online Format
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Description
1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 29.9 x 34.5 cm. (image) | Rival presidential nominees Lincoln and Douglas are matched in a footrace, in which Lincoln's long stride is a clear advantage. Both sprint down a path toward the U.S. Capitol, which appears in the background right. They are separated from it by a rail fence, a reference to Lincoln's popular image as a rail-splitter. Douglas, whose characteristic shortness is here exaggerated to dwarfish dimensions, wonders aloud, "How can I get over this Rail Fence." Over his shoulder he carries a cane on which hangs a jug marked "M.C.," which probably refers to the Missouri Compromise, repealed in 1854 largely through Douglas's efforts. As he runs, playing cards spill from his pockets (suggesting perhaps a penchant for gambling). Lincoln, whose height is equally exaggerated, runs along beside him waving his hat and carrying a rail-splitter's maul over his shoulder. He says confidently, "It [i.e., the rail fence] can't sto\p me for I built it." From the fence on the far right a black youth taunts Douglas, "You can find me in dis yer Fence Massa Duglis." The last is evidently a reference to the slavery question central to the election campaign. The print probably appeared late in the campaign, as the Library's impression was deposited for copyright on September 21, 1860. The footrace image is also used in a similar cartoon discussed by Wilson, entitled "A Political Race" (Wilson, p. 52).
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