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"The Rail Candidate", anti-Republican political caricature published by Currier and Ives in September 1860, showing Abraham Lincoln being carried on a fence-rail labeled "REPUBLICAN PLATFORM" by a black man and Horace Greeley (editor of the New York Tribune), alluding to Lincoln's nickname of the "rail-splitter".

Horace Greeley
"We can prove that you have split rails, & that will ensure your election to the Presidency"
Abraham Lincoln
"It is true I have split Rails, but I begin to feel as if this rail would split me, it's the hardest stick I ever straddled."
Black man
"Dis Nigger strong and willin, but it's awful hard work to carry Old Massa Abe on nothing but dis 'ere rail!!"
Date Created/Published: New York : Currier & Ives, c1860.
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For scholarly discussion, see book Lincoln in Caricature by Rufus Rockwell Wilson.
Author Maurer, Louis, 1832-1932
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