Clasp Hands Across the Bloody Chasm

 “Diogenes Has Found the Honest Man—(Which Is Diogenes and Which Is the Honest Man?)”
  Source:  Harper’s Weekly
  Date:   August 3, 1872, p. 605

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
In the August 3, 1872 issue of Harper’s Weekly in which “Baltimore 1861-1872” appeared, candidate Greeley is shown clasping hands with “Boss” Tweed in front of Tammany hall, where cannons are fired in a “one hundred gun salute” after word of the Democratic delegates’ selection of Greeley reached New York City.  In the sub-title of “Diogenes Has Found the Honest Man,” Nast morally equates the presidential candidate and the corrupt political boss by asking, “Which Is Diogenes and Which Is the Honest Man?”  This is one of several cartoons poking fun at Greeley’s reputation for honesty and associating the editor/candidate with the ancient philosopher, Diogenes, who legendarily searched for an honest man.



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