Compromise with the South, 1864

In 1864 after years of Civil War and stalemate some people called for a truce. The majority saw this as a capitulation to racism and an abandonment of the principles that drove the war – ending slavery and preserving the nation as a whole – and an affront to those that had died for the cause to date. This popular political cartoon was a factor in changing the course of history by pointing out what a betrayal it would be to compromise rather than go onwards to victory. In a little over a year later the war was won and the Confederacy burned to the ground instead.

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