An 1872 political cartoon called “One Vote Less,” which comments on racial violence during Reconstruction.
“One Vote Less” is a political cartoon from the prominent nineteenth- century artist Thomas Nast, taken from the Richmond Whig. The cartoon shows a murdered African American with trauma to his head. The markings next to the body say “Negro Killed,” “Greeley Ratification,” and “KKK.” “Greeley Ratification” may refer to Horace Greeley, a Presidential candidate in 1872. During this time the South saw a rise in white supremacist terror organizations like the Ku Klux Klan. One of the prime objectives of these organizations was to prevent African Americans from voting through intimidation and murder.