"Hurrah for Lincoln"
So declares the painted slogan on this metal lantern that was carried in a parade in support of Abraham Lincoln's run for the presidency in 1860. Lincoln's campaign encouraged the use of huge, emotionally charged political parades. A witness describing one such event in Chicago wrote: the "torch-light procession is undoubtedly the largest and most imposing thing of its kind ever witnessed in Chicago. Unprejudiced spectators estimate the number at 10,000. Throughout the whole length of the procession were scattered portraits of ABRAHAM LINCOLN. Banners and transparencies bearing Republican mottoes, and pictures of rail splitters, were also plentifully distributed."
||Abraham Lincoln, born February 12, 1809, near Hodgenville, KY; died April 15, 1865, Washington, DC
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