Deplorable Result of Lincoln’s Election

Deplorable Result of Lincoln’s Election

Title: Deplorable Result of Lincoln’s Election

Year: 1860

Creator: Henry Louis Stephens, Vanity Fair

Description: This post-election Vanity Fair cartoon shows the result of Lincoln’s election on two of the nation’s most politically important newspaper editors, Democrat James Gordon Bennett of the New York Herald and Republican Horace Greeley of the New York Tribune. The artist pictures Bennett putting up the shutters on the Herald building in preparation for migration back to his native Scotland. The street scene in the background underscores the ruin that Lincoln’s election would bring. That theme is intensified in the final panel in which Greeley fiddles, à la Nero, while the country burns.


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