In one of his most amazing designs, “Clasping Hands Over the Bloodless (Sar)c(h)asm”
(dated November 23, published November 13), Nast ventured a spectacular,
grotesque overview of the 1872 presidential election. In it, President Ulysses
S. Grant, triumphantly returned to office for a second term, politely “clasps
hands” with Uncle Sam. Note Uncle Sam’s deep bow of respect and perhaps relief,
as opposed to Grant’s more restrained gesture. Tranquility has returned to the
scene (above ground), with the republic safe for at least four more years.