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Lincoln runs for president

"The Undecided Political Prize Fight" ran in HARPER'S WEEKLY in 1860. It features three of the leading presidential hopefuls. At center, Democrat Steven Douglas (left) boxes with Republican Abe Lincoln (right). A man in a top hat and coat coaches Douglas; we assume he is a representative of Douglas' Irish support base. Lincoln is attended to by a kneeling black man, a reference to Lincoln's antislavery sentiments. While these two battle it out, a third candidate, John Breckenridge, thumbs his nose and heads for the White House, with a line of supporters leading the way.

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