September 1, 1860

Young America Rising at the Ballot Box and Strangling the Serpents Disunion and Secession

JD (possibly Jacob Dallas)

Drawing from Greek mythology, Young America is depicted as an allegorical baby Hercules, fighting off two snakes sent to kill him by Hera. The snakes in this cartoon represent the foes that the North must face to survive: Secession and Disunion. The cartoonist offers the ballot box as an avenue for keeping the union together and defending it against the snakes.

Jacci Dewdney

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