Why don't you take it?

Publisher: Currier & Ives
Date: 1861, 2011

Dimensions: 27 x 41 cm.
Call Number: E647 .W49 1861


Reproduction of the original in the Boston Public Library, Fine Arts Department.

In this political cartoon published by Currier & Ives, Gen. Winfield Scott, the first commander of the Union armies, is depicted as a fierce bulldog fronting the might of the North.

Supported by supplies, munitions and financial resources, he taunts the sheepish greyhound “Jeff.“ A great juicy bone labeled “Washington Prize Beef“ rests between them, and Scott asks “Why don’t you take it?“ as the Confederate leader slips away with his tail between his legs toward his meager supply of cotton. The cartoon suggests that the South had cotton but not many other resources, and did not have the means to seize the bone, or the capital city of Washington.

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