Lincoln in Caricature

By 1860 tensions and inflammatory rhetoric between Republicans and Democrats were incredibly high. No matter who had won the presidential election, the Civil War was all but inevitable. Lincoln took office under that cloud - whatever action he took, he was sure to be ridiculed by someone, often via published cartoons and caricatures. This exhibit reminds us that, during Lincoln's presidency, he was not the icon that he is today. Not only was he ridiculed by Confederate cartoonists, but, as the war progressed and began to affect the economic interests of other countries, he was also lampooned by the British press. The cartoons and caricatures in this exhibit are presented in chronological order from 1861 to 1865. While not touching every facet of the Civil War, they do illustrate little known events that fanned the fires of public furor.

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Lincoln in Caricature
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