Reproduction of the original in the Boston Public Library, Print Department.
Published late in the war during the 1864 Presidential campaign, this political cartoon depicts Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis pulling on opposite ends of a map, tearing the United States in two pieces. Gen. George McClellan, who ran on the Democratic ticket challenging Lincoln, is positioned in an intervening stance in the background.
This image, incorporating caricature and map, graphically demonstrates the significance of the Civil War to the course of American history. This conflict almost dissolved a tenuous union forged eighty-five years earlier. The sectional tensions of the 1840s and 1850s led to the secession of eleven southern states and four years of armed rebellion.