Republican Party

The Republican Party formed in 1854 with the causes of the abolition of slavery, high protective tariffs, and finishing a transcontinental railroad.  

Thomas Nast, a political cartoonist for Puck magazine drew this political cartoon that began using the elephant as the Republican Party’s symbol.

In the political cartoon, the Republican vote is dominating all the other parties’ votes.  He is trampling onto repudiation, inflation and reform.


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