[New York? 1868-1870?]. Broadside, 4-7/8" x 8", caption accompanied by illustration of a large balloon filled with persons holding American flags, and held in place by men straining on ropes. A crowd of onlookers has gathered. Minor wear, Very Good.
The Union League, founded in 1863 by prominent New Yorkers to support the War effort, has, according to this cartoon broadside, descended into a bunch of "Old Hunkers," a term first describing pro-Slavery New York Democratic Party men in the 1840s and 1850s whose principles and loyalties were determined by their "hankering" after the spoils of office. Originally a powerful pro-Union organization, the Union League is now a corrupt political machine where political influence is "bought" for private gain. The illustration is identical to a contemporary broadside praising Grant, satirizing the Democrats and their 1864 candidate, George McClellan.
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