Thomas Nast, "Go On!"—U. S. Grant, The Constitution of the United States Must and Shall Be Preserved—And Protected, 30 September 1876
Woodcut, Harper's Weekly
Grant's second presidential term was troubled by ever-increasing racial violence in the Deep South. He told Gov. Daniel Chamberlain of South Carolina that the seeming "right to Kill Negroes and republicans without fear of punishment, and without loss of caste or reputation" must end. Chamberlain had complained about the murders of blacks in Hamburg, S.C. Grant offered him encouragement with a statement that would be made famous by cartoonist Thomas Nast: "Go on . . . and I will give every aid for which I can find law or constitutional power." Only the might of the U.S. Army would end the murdering of African Americans in the South, and Grant was willing to apply that force.
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