The Liberal Republican Movement

 “United States Senate Theatre”
  Source:  Harper’s Weekly
  Date:   March 30, 1872, p. 241

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
Two weeks after publication of “The ‘Liberal’ Conspirators,” the same group of anti-Grant Republicans reappears supporting Senator Carl Schurz as he studies for the role of the duplicitous Iago in the “United States Senate Theatre.”  Senator Charles Sumner checks the house.  Schurz prepares for dark mischief with a pair of scattered and unrelated quotes from Shakespeare’s Othello.  Senator Lyman Trumbull holds the costume crown, which receives the thumb’s-up sign from Senator Thomas Tipton.  Behind Trumbull, Greeley looks at Schurz admiringly, while the editor’s coat pocket is stuffed with a paper reading, “What I Know About Carl.”  In the background are Senator Reuben Fenton and Senator John Logan peeking at the audience.

Logan was distressed by his presence in these images because he insisted that he had not broken with Grant.  Thereafter, Nast did not picture the Illinois senator among the liberals.



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