Abraham Lincoln Civil War Caricature
"THE AMERICAN BROTHERS' OR, 'HOW WILL THEY
GET OUT OF IT?'"
November 5, 1864
This is a rare caricature by
the famed John Tenniel that states the
names of Lincoln and Davis above their caricatures a few days before the critical 1864 presidential election.
Tenniel and the British elite thought Lincoln was sure to lose the election but
he won by a popular vote of 55% to 45% and an overwhelming electoral vote
Lincoln In Caricature
by Rufus Rockwell Wilson
The cartoon, The American Brothers; or How
Will They Get Out of It, appeared in London Punch on November 5, 1864. It
pictures Mr. Lincoln and Mr. Davis bound to adjacent benches by ropes,
significantly labeled “Debts.” Thus Punch again voiced the impression then
prevalent in certain circles in England that Mr. Lincoln’s defeat at the
approaching election was a foregone conclusion. Happily this impression was a
mistaken one. Tenniel’s cartoon was still wet from the press when Mr. Lincoln
was reelected by the largest majority in the Electoral College up to that time
ever given to a candidate.
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