Chicago Platform


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Civil War Harper's Weekly, October 15, 1864

This site features an online version of the Harper's Weekly newspapers created during the Civil war. This collection was put together over the last 20 years, and we have made them available for your browsing pleasure on our WEB site. These papers have information to allow greater understanding of the war.

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General Hunt

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Chicago Platform

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Chicago Platform

You are viewing a famous Thomas Nast Illustration entitled "The Chicago Platform". In 1864 the democrats nominated General George B. McClellan as their presidential candidate to run against Abraham Lincoln. The Democratic Platform promised a quick end to the war through negotiation with the south. This Nast illustration took the words of the democratic platform, and wove them around illustrations which showed what the words really meant. In summary, it shows the democrats would allow slavery to continue in exchange for an end to the hostilities. This illustration helped remind the country of the importance of the cause, and rallied the nation to re-elect Abraham Lincoln.




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