Every presidential election is a big event where everyone can participate and vote for the candidate that they think will carry out their promises and make the country progress. Campaigns from different candidates are presented to try and convince people for their vote. In these campaigns, the candidates will try to attract people with catchy slogans and then persuade them with their public speaking abilities; gaining their trust and vote. Among the campaigns, there will be people making cartoons about the presidential elections supporting a certain candidate or making fun of the candidates they are against off. These cartoons show people’s thoughts about the candidates; whether they believe that the candidates will fulfill their promises or not. Cartoons that were against a candidate, represent them in a mocking way and show the worst qualities of that candidate; yet, when the candidate was preferred, the cartoons displayed his best qualities and stand out the most.
One big election that caught my attention was The Election of 1860. First of all it caught my attention because among the candidates was Abraham Lincoln and as we know because of history, he won; second of all since I don’t know too much of the American History, he was the only one I knew among the others. Abraham Lincoln was elected as a candidate for the Republican Party, while the Democrats had two candidates, Stephen Douglas and John Breckinridge and the Union Party had John Bell. During the time of these elections the east coast was divided by the North and South; where the North, mostly republican supporters, were against slavery and wanted to abolish it. The South, in the contrary, was ruled by democrats, who supported slavery and wanted to keep it. Since the country was divided, these elections were going to be a turning point in history, where the winning party will make the important decision of abolishing slavery or keeping it; making a huge change in the country. Meanwhile, in the South, the Democratic Party was also divided. They were having disagreements about how to deal with slavery, which lead them to split and have two Democratic candidates for the elections.
Some of the tools from the candidates’ campaigns were slogans, public speaking and cartoons. Cartoons were a double-edge sword because they not only could portrayed the candidate’s best qualities, but it also could show the candidates worst qualities. It was the decision of the people whether they believe in the cartoons pro-republican or pro-democratic. The cartoons had their own metaphors and analogies representing the issues that were happening in that time and some were more convincing than others.
The first image is Pro-republican, it supports the candidate Abraham Lincoln and the decision to abolish slavery. As the main character, Lincoln is drawn bigger compared to the other two democratic candidates, Douglas and Breckinridge, who are not only smaller than Lincoln; but are drawn as animals. The animals...