Abraham Lincoln, The Rail Candidate, Currier & Ives Campaign Lithograph


An Anti-Lincoln Currier & Ives Print



This Currier & Ives An anti-Lincoln political cartoon was produced for the 1860 presidential race.  A somewhat forlorn, uncomfortable Lincoln is being carried off on a rail labeled “Republican Platform” by his two staunchest supporters, Horace Greeley and an African-American man, representing the slavery issue. Greeley pithily comments: “We can prove that you have split rails & that will ensure your election to the Presidency.”  Using a self-describing racial epitaph, the African-American states that it’s “hard work to carry Old Massa Abe on nothing but dis ere rail!”  Lincoln himself states the rail is “the hardest stick I ever straddled.” Light edge chipping with the upper left corner missing; some water tiding at the bottom edge and a bit up the right margin does not harm the vibrancy of this hard cartoon. Recently sold for $2,750.00.

(Abraham Lincoln) (Lithograph). THE  RAIL CANDIDATE.  New York:  Currier & Ives, 1860. 18″ x 13.5″

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