Textile, "The Union Forever", 1864 Medium: cotton Technique: printed by engraved roller. Gift of Mrs. Frederick F. Thompson. 1915-30-3.
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Repeat design of two clasped hands with the words "The Union Forever,: surrouned by a wreath of flowers, on a ground sprinkled with stars. Printed in red on a white ground.
The Union Forever was printed for Abraham Lincoln's second Presidential campaign in 1864. For the election, which took place in the middle of the Civil War, the Republican Party changed its name to the National Union Party. Lincoln won by a landslide, as the eleven states which had seceded did not vote, but was assassinated just a few months later.