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"Forcing Slavery Down the Throat of a Free Soiler," 1856.
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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.

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.

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