Flip to Political cartoon, "Shall I vote for ten cents a day?", satirizing 1856 presidential hopefuls appeals to the labor vote.
Credit: Library of Congress
In this editorial cartoon from the 1856 presidential election, James Buchanan–in the light suit–helps hold down the head of a "Free Soiler" while Illinois Senator Stephen A. Douglas and President Franklin Pierce shove an African-American slave down his throat. In 1860, Douglas, who wrote the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, would carry Pennsylvania, but lose the presidential election to Abraham Lincoln.