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"Of Course He Votes the Democratic Ticket" (1876)

A political cartoon by Thomas Nast from Harper’s Weekly depicts the intimidation techniques that the Democratic Party used to suppress the votes of Black Southerners in the election of 1876.
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  • Democracy & Civic Engagement
  • Human & Civil Rights
  • Racism

This image appeared in Harper’s Weekly in 1876. The caption reads: 

“Of course he wants to vote the Democratic ticket!” Democratic “Reformer”: “You’re as free as air, ain’t you? Say you are or I’ll blow yer black head off!”

Wood engraving by Thomas Nast from Harper’s Weekly (1876)

Credit:
Wood engraving by Thomas Nast (1876), The Newberry Digital Collection

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