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The True Issue or "Thats Whats the Matter"

Currier & Ives (American, active New York, 1857–1907)
Sheet: 13 7/16 × 17 11/16 in. (34.2 × 45 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Georgiana W. Sargent, in memory of John Osborne Sargent, 1924
Accession Number:
Not on view
Throughout the Civil War, Currier & Ives issued biting political caricatures. Here, Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, presidents of the United States and the Confederacy, struggle to control a map of the eastern United States that has started to rip from east to west. General George McClellan, Lincoln’s opponent in the presidential campaign of 1864, stands between the contenders and declares that the Union must be preserved at all costs. Lincoln counters, "No peace without abolition!!" while Davis insists, "No peace without separation!!" The image encapsulates the chief political positions presented to Union voters in 1864 as well as the Confederacy’s official position on the war.
Signature: in stone, lower center: "Published by Currier & Ives, 152 Nassau St. N.Y."

Inscription: in stone, below and within image, "Lincoln / No Peace without Abolition!"; "Mac:/ The Union must be preserved at all hazards!"; "Jeff / No peace without Separation!"; below image: "Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1864 by Currier & Ives...N.Y."
Georgiana W. Sargent; Donor: Georgiana W. Sargent
Peters, Currier & Ives 1688; Conningham 1970, 6236; Gale 6721
Harry T. Peters Currier & Ives, Printmakers to the American People. 2 vols., Garden City, NY, 1931, cat. no. 1688.

Frederick A. Conningham, Colin Simkin Currier & Ives prints; an illustrated check list. Crown Publishers, New York, 1970, cat. no. 6236.

Gale Research Company, Bernard F. Reilly Jr. Currier & Ives, A Catalogue Raisonné: A comprehensive catalogue of the lithographs of Nathaniel Currier, James Merritt Ives and Charles Currier, including ephemera associated with the firm, 1834-1907. 1984, cat. no. 6721.

Jennifer L. Gross The Lines Are Drawn: Political Cartoons of the Civil War. Kristen N. Smith, Hill Street Press, Athens, Georgia, 1999, p. 124, ill.

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