Peace Through Victory


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Civil War Harper's Weekly, September 24, 1864

Harper's Weekly was the most popular newspaper of the Civil War period. These newspapers have analyses of the war created by people watching it unfold at the time it was happening. The illustrations were created by eye-witnesses to the historic events.

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Peace Through Victory

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Peace through Victory

You are viewing a stunning poster from the September 24, 1864 edition of Harper's Weekly. The poster is entitled "Peace Through Victory". The fascinating illustration was created by Thomas Nast, a famous political satirist of the 1800's.  By the end of 1864 the nation had grown weary of 4 long years of bloody Civil War. Lincoln was nominated by the Republicans to run for a second term, and the election was less than two months away. The Democratic Party nominated General George B. McClellan. McClellan and the Democrats were running on a platform of "Compromise with the South". This meant that they would negotiate with the South, and agree to allow the continuation of slavery, and the continuation of the confederacy in exchange for peace.  This was an alluring message to a country that had become frustrated with the losses in the war. This Thomas Nast Poster, published before the 1864 election, helped rally the nation, and remind everyone that peace could only come through victory.




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