"The Morning After the Election, November 1856"

This cartoon shows James Buchanan sitting under a trellis of grape vines, holding reports of election returns on his lap. He states, "What a happy morning for my country and myself. Here I find returns for myself & my Kentucky brother [running mate John C. Breckinridge]--beginning with Maine in the North & concluding with Texas in the South. What welcome news to know that the People have not removed a plank of the Democratic Platform. Who will dare breathe Disunion now?" Millard Fillmore emerges from a cavern on the right and confronts Know-Nothing founder "Ned Buntline" (Edward Zane Carroll Judson), a bearded man with two pistols at his waist. Fillmore complains, "Oh! Ned! Ned! This is all of your doing. After being a popular Whig President--and walking in the footsteps of Clay, Webster & Cass. I am thrown back by the People into the dark & gloomy caverns of Know-Nothingism." Republican candidate John C. Fremont rides off on the left yelling back to his supporters, newspaper editors Horace Greeley, James Gordon Bennett, and James Watson Webb, "I'm off to Mariposa--Like a foolish fellow, you Editors made me believe papers could do all things--The people you see have used us up. When I get to my gold regions & 'back again,' I'll pay you 'in a horn.'"

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