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'Compromise with the South' illustration
Description: Illustration drawn by political cartoonist Thomas Nash for Harper's Weekly, titled "Compromise with the South--Dedicated to the Chicago Convention," September 3, 1864. This cartoon is meant as a criticism of the "Peace Democrats" who took part in the the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in August of 1864, led in part by Clement Vallandigham of Ohio. Known as "Copperheads," this segment of the Democratic Party saw the poor performance of Union troops against the Confederacy as reason to negotiate with the South, thereby rendering the sacrifices of Union soldiers in vain. A defeated Union soldier is pictured shaking hands with Jefferson Davis, Confederate President, as Columbia (representing the United States) weeps and an African American family is returned to slavery. Shortly after the Chicago Convention, the tide turned significantly in favor of the Union forces. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: 051_H236_572_compromise
Subjects: Ohio--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; Confederate States of America; Vallandigham, Clement L. (Clement Laird), 1820-1871; Political cartoons;
Places: Chicago (Illinois);