“Out. Damned Spot.  Out, I say!”  Harper’s Weekly, November 9, 1872. 

Although it dates from a later period, this Thomas Nast political cartoon offers insight into the relationship between politics and the press during the nineteenth century.  Those in power found the press to be an increasingly potent vehicle in reaching the mass reading public.  The subtitle reads, “Here’s the Smell of Corruption still! All the Perfumes of the Cincinnati-Baltimore Platform and the “Reform” Press will not sweeten this corrupt Hall.”

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