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"The Color Line Is Broken"
"The Color Line Is Broken"

This 1877 cartoon by Thomas Nast represents the formation of the Solid South after the Civil War. 

Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president

Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton

An 1806 portrait of Alexander Hamilton by John Trumbull

Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson

Portrait of Andrew Jackson by Ralph Eleaser Whiteside Earl

Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson

This cartoon printed in 1833 depicts Andrew Jackson slaying the monster banks as Henry Clay swoons in the background.

Civil Rights Act
Civil Rights Act

Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act into law in 1964. Photo by Cecil Stoughton.

FDR and Al Smith
FDR and Al Smith

Franklin Delano Roosevelt shakes hands with Al Smith in 1930. 

Federalist poster
Federalist poster

From heaven, George Washington warns party men to let all three pillars of Federalism, Republicanism, and Democracy stand to hold up Peace and Plenty as well as Liberty and Independence in this Federalist poster from about 1800.

H. Ross Perot
H. Ross Perot

Ross Perot stands next to a portrait of George Washington in his Dallas office, 1986. Photo by Allan Warren. 

Henry Clay
Henry Clay

Portrait of Henry Clay by Henry F. Darby, c. 1858 

Henry Clay Handbill
Henry Clay Handbill

A handbill for Whig candidate Henry Clay in 1844 

Jackson Hangs Adams
Jackson Hangs Adams

This political cartoon shows Andrew Jackson hanging John Quincy Adams from a tree, presumably after winning the presidential election of 1828. 

James G. Blaine
James G. Blaine

James Blaine, the Republican presidential candidate in 1884

Populist Convention
Populist Convention

A Populist Party candidate nominating convention in Columbus, Nebraska, in 1890. 

Populist Party snake
Populist Party snake

William Jennings Bryan is pictured as a snake devouring the Democratic Party in this Judge cartoon from 1896.

Rand Paul Drone Filibuster
Rand Paul Drone Filibuster

In this C-SPAN2 screen shot from March 2013, Senator Rand Paul filibusters in opposition to John C. Brennen's nomination to be CIA director.

Representation of voting
Representation of voting

Election Day in Philadelphia (1815) by John Lewis Krimmel, picturing the site of Independence Hall and demonstrating the importance of elections as public occasions

Republicans versus Progressives
Republicans versus Progressives

This cartoon shows prominent Progressives standing in front of Republicans in 1912, as both parties held national conventions in Chicago. 

Social Security Act
Social Security Act

FDR signs the Social Security Act into law in 1935 as prominent Democrats, members of the New Deal coalition, look on. Photo from the Library of Congress.

Teddy Roosevelt
Teddy Roosevelt

In this illustration from Judge, Theodore Roosevelt is depicted as an elephant trainer after winning the presidency as the Republican nominee in 1904.

The Reagans
The Reagans

Nancy and Ronald Reagan in 1964. Photo courtesy of the Reagan Library, National Archives.