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"Franchise: And Not This Man?" Harper's Weekly, August 5, 1865.

"Franchise: And Not This Man?"
Harper's Weekly, August 5, 1865.

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This early political cartoon of Thomas Nast is one of a pair called Pardon and Franchise.

The two cartoons contrast Confederate politicians and generals applying for pardons, which may give them the right to vote and hold office, with a black Union soldier who has lost his leg and does not have the right to vote.

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