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[ This description is from the project: Who Counts? A Look at Voter Rights through Political Cartoons ]
Thomas Nast’s cartoon depicts the 1876 Electoral College standoff that extended into 1877. In spite of threats by southern supporters of Democratic candidate Samuel Tilden, shown by Nast as “Tilden or Blood,” the election was finally settled in favor of Republican Rutherford Hayes, who had received a smaller share of the popular vote.