Black Draught

Black Draught

Title: Black Draught

Year: 1861

Creator: Bunker

The political prescriptions of the Republican presidential ticket on slavery are presented as deadly for the nation, portrayed as Colombia reclining on a bed. Uncle Sam in top hat presents the ticket: “Colomby, dear, I’ve brought in Drs. Lincoln and Hamlin – maybe they can do you some good?” Columbia responds to the bottle of “black draught” carried by Abraham Lincoln (as Hannibal Hamlin stands nearby): “Oh, dear, do take them away! I can’t bear those black draughts; they – heh, they – heh – kill me!”

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