Civil War Political Cartoons
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Images of the Civil War Charles Sumner is caned by Preston Brooks Popular political cartoon that illustrated the caning of Senator Charles Sumner by Representative Preston Brooks Charles Sumner, one of the first abolitionists elected to the Senate, is caned by Preston Brooks as the other Senators watch.
The Post Civil War Reconstruction Era should have leveraged all the powers of national government in order to incorporate the Southern 'fold" back into the national fabric while simultaneously protecting the recently granted constitutional rights of over four million freed slaves. This period was undoubtedly full of potential for prosperity; but unfortunately proved to be just the opposite, an abysmal failure full of false hope, corruption, and violence along racial political lines. The American Civil War had cost the Nation's Economy an estimated six billion dollars, approximately 81 billion in today's dollars. The war exponentially amplified the effects of the industrial revolution creating a significant shift of capital from the agricultural economy of the South to the Industrial North. In 1860 six of the ten wealthiest states in the United States were in the South; by 1880, not one southern state was in the top half.
Tomorrow is the sesquicentennial of the start of the Civil War. At 4:30 a.m. on April 12, 1861, Confederate cannons began firing on Union soldiers at Fort Sumter, near Charleston, S.C., in what most historians regard as the first battle of America's bloodiest conflict -- one that killed more soldiers than all the rest of America's wars put together. That was a long time ago and nearly 2,000 miles away.
Abraham Lincoln Civil War Caricature "UP A TREE," Colonel Bull and the Yankee 'Coon January 11, 1862 This famous political cartoon of Abraham Lincoln treed by the English symbol John Bull arose out of the Mason and Slidell affair that threatened war between America and Great Britain.
Political cartoons of President Abraham Lincoln from his 1860 and 1864 elections. In 1860 Lincoln defeated Southern Democrat John C. Breckinridge , Constitutional Unionist John Bell , and Northern Democrat Stephen A. Douglas to become the 16th president of the United States. As a result of his victory, 11 southern states eventually seceded from the Union leading to the American Civil War.