The Split-Tail Democracy
Title: The Split-Tail Democracy
Creator: The Rail-Splitter, Chicago
Description: In this Chicago Rail Splitter cartoon, Republican Abraham Lincoln has used a trap made of a rail to capture the twin possums of the Democratic Party: the presidential nominees of its Northern and Southern factions, Senator Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois (right) and Vice President John C. Breckinridge of Kentucky (left).
The deed is done, their day is o’er,
Two possums fought at Baltimore;
Now let them scratch, now let them wail,
Old Abr’m has them ‘in a rail.’