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Wars within a WarControversy and Conflict over the American Civil War$
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Joan Waugh and Gary W. Gallagher

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832752

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807898444_waugh

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With Malice toward Both: Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis in Caricature

With Malice toward Both: Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis in Caricature

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(p.109) With Malice toward Both: Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis in Caricature
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Wars within a War
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Harold Holzer

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807898444_waugh.9

This chapter presents a reading of political caricatures of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. These lampoons reflect how much the nineteenth-century American public liked its politics laced with humor. Publishers did not choose favorites: they provided caricatures for all tastes, beliefs, and prejudices, as long as there were customers to buy them. Their motive was profit, not propaganda. And by functioning as equal-opportunity abusers, it is possible that the caricatures reflected the public debate more than they influenced it.

Keywords:   political caricatures, political cartoons, lampoons

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