“The Political Quadrille, Music by Dred Scott” satirized the four candidates for president in 1860, along with their supporters. Lower left: Northern Democrat Stephen A. Douglas dancing with an Irishman. Upper left: Southern Democrat John C. Breckinridge arm in arm with retiring president James Buchanan, who was nicknamed “the Buck.” Lower right: Constitutional Union Party nominee John Bell mixes it up with a Native American. Upper right: Republican Abraham Lincoln steps to it with an African-American slave. Middle: Dred Scott plays the tune to which all must dance.
—Image Courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division
Most people, myself included, generally think only of Stephen Douglas when it comes to challengers to Lincoln in his accession to the presidency but it was actually John C. Breckinridge who came in second to the man in the stovepipe hat. The photo links to a great article that outlines the politics behind the election that set the motions of the Civil War into action.
[Click the cartoon for the fantastic full-length article on the election of 1860.]
This concludes the first series of Scorpy Comics on The Civil War. I’ll be posting the second series sometime in June and the Reconstruction series later in the year. Be sure to click through for more on Scorpy Bug!