This political cartoon, attacking the Democratic Party and "Bleeding Kansas," appeared during the presidential campaign of 1856. In the center stands Democratic President Franklin Pierce, dressed as a "Border Ruffian," as the violent, pro-slavery invaders of the Kansas territory from Missouri were known. The allegorical figure of Liberty kneels at his feet. Further to the right are Democratic presidential candidates Lewis Cass and Stephen Douglas. On the left are Pierce's Secretary of State William Marcy and presidential candidate (and eventual winner) James Buchanan.
Illustration by John L. Magee, courtesy Library of Congress