The Graduate Center - City University of New York

Your plan and mine.

The stakes of the 1864 presidential election are starkly depicted in this pro-Republican Currier & Ives print. On the left, Democratic candidate George McClellan, in the spirit of his party’s platform (which in actuality he did not endorse), extends an olive branch to a ragged and unrepentant Jefferson Davis while returning a black Union soldier to slavery. In contrast, on the right, Abraham Lincoln forcefully subdues the Confederate president, cheered on by an armed and stalwart black soldier—a rare depiction in a cartoon up to that time.

Date: 1864

Publisher: New York: Currier & Ives

Source: Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress