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The Chicago Platform and Candidate.

A two-faced, hypocritical George McClellan, the 1864 Democratic presidential candidate, is pictured in this pro-Republican cartoon as trying to appease contending constituencies in his party. On the left side of the print, he faces Union army veterans who would be outraged by the party's campaign platform to negotiate with the Confederacy (its rotting planks held up by the Devil, Jefferson Davis, and prominent Peace Democrats Fernando Wood and Clement Vallandigham)—a platform that McClellan rejected. And on the right side, he addresses the "Copperheads" who supported the platform, represented by a simianlike, brutish Irish figure (harking back to the New York draft riots of the year before).

Creator: Louis Maurer

Date: 1864

Publisher: New York: Currier & Ives

Source: Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress