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Vote In the Election of 1868

Discussion in 'Post Civil War History, The Reconstruction Period' started by Pat Young, Nov 1, 2016.

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Who Do You Vote For In The Election of 1868

  1. Ulysses S. Grant Republican Party

    23 vote(s)
    67.6%
  2. Horatio Seymour Democratic Party

    11 vote(s)
    32.4%
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    Likewise in Maryland, where Seymour won the state in a landslide.

    I have no idea where my NY-based Vail family ancestors were in the politics of the era. On my wife's side, they were all ex-Confederates, so I don't think there were very many Grant supporters there.
     
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    I take it this cartoon is Democratic pro-Seymour propaganda.

    The images of the freed slave are horrible!

    Do you have a link with an enlargement, so I can read some of the baloons?
     
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    Grant's not doing a rat's patootie about the Comanche and Kiowa, so being from Missouri I might go with the other party. I know my g-great grandfather was the first man registered to vote in Comanche County after the war.... but how I have no idea.
     
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    I was going to do that one, but I figured no one would vote for a dead man.
     
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    We live New York State which prohibits early voting! :smile:
     
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    I look at it this way, we think one might be a bad leader but we know the other is a bad leader so vote the probable rather than the known.
     
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    At the end of the first day of voting, Grant holds a 29% lead over his Democratic opponent.
     
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    That may be why Seymour isn't doing as well as the experts predicted. The home state New York vote isn't in yet.
     
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    Are women allowed to vote in this election or are we denied as in 1868?
     
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    We welcome your vote, even if you don't dress as a man. We are dedicated to universal suffrage.
     
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    That's good, because I've already voted. I did grow up in the state that was the first (as a territory) to grant woman suffrage, but that was a year after the 1868 election.

    My avatar, Mary Livermore, became a strong woman's rights advocate based on her experience with laws restricting women's activities while she was a Sanitary Commission representative during the war,
     
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    Hey, you don't even have to be a citizen to vote in this election.
     
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    The Republicans tried to tie the Democrats to the KKK and the Confederacy, as in this Harper's Weekly cartoon:

    1868 kkk.JPG
     
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    The Democrats responded by claiming that the Republicans wanted racial integration:

    1868 democratic campaign appeal.JPG
     
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    Here is a Republican ballot from North Carolina in 1868. According to the source:
    candidates from the same party ran together on a single ticket, requiring voters to vote for parties rather than for individuals.

    1868 nc ticket.JPG

    I thought that depictions of people who appear to be black was interesting. It certainly seems to confirm the fears raised by the Democrats.
     
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    Harper's Weekly saw the election in military terms, ending with the decapitation of Seymour:

    1868 harpers.JPG
     
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    In detail, the Harper's cartoon shows Grant carrying the flag of Union and Equal Rights:

    1868 union.JPG
     
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    and the cartoon tries to link Seymour to Rebellion:
    1868 rebellion.JPG :
     

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