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BREAKING THAT "BACKBONE"
Benjamin Day; published by Currier & Ives, September 1862.

Text from left to right:

Poster: J. DAVIS' SHOW. GREAT SOUTHERN GYASCUTIS. STIFFEST BACK-BONE EVER GROWN. CANT BE BROKEN.

Poster: ONLY 10 000 MEN AND $1000 000 IN TREASURE PER CRACK. STEP UP AND TRY YOUR MUSCLE.

Figures and text from left to right:
Jefferson Davis with Gyascutis labeled REBELLION on chain.
Defeated, seated figure with small hammer labeled COMPROMISE.
Henry W. Halleck wields mallet labeled SKILL.
George McClellan wields mallet labeled STRATEGY.
Edwin M. Stanton holds mallet labeled DRAFT. Lincoln shoulders an axe labeled EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION.

Stanton: Halleck may use his skill and Mac his strategy, but this draft will do the business.

Lincoln: You can try him with that, but I'm afraid this axe of mine is the only thing that will fetch him.

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