EXTRACTS FROM THIS WEEK’S “PUNCH.” REFORM CONJURERS AT FAULT.
Title:Reform Conjurers at Fault
Publication:The Bolton Chronicle
Date:December 5th 1863
This satirical Punch poem is a reminder that in the early years of the American Civil War publications such as this could still make mention of America without referring to the conflict, perhaps suggesting that an early resolution was expected. As the war became more protracted and bloody it always featured in poetry which touched on transatlantic subjects. This poem rails against Liberal Party efforts to raise taxes and uses America as an example of a successful economy which maintains a system of low taxation. – SR