This political cartoon on the front cover is likely in reference to the Compromise of 1877. Thomas Nast did a series of stinging political works referencing the Compromise after Rutherford Hayes won the hotly contest presidential election of 1876. The Compromise was made in an effort to help South pull itself back together after the Civil War.. President Hayes promised to pull Federal troops out of the South as long as they agreed to uphold the rights and liberties of the black community. Unfortunately only one side of the agreement was kept. As soon as the Federal troops were withdrawn, the conservative democratic party took back their local and state governments and began placing heavy restrictions on blacks. Today we know these regulations as the Jim Crow Laws. In this cartoon the Democratic tiger has been pacified after getting exactly what it wanted out of the Republican lamb. The use of 'Solid' in the statement "Pretty 'Solid' Thank You!" above the tiger refers to the Solid South. It was a term used during the time period to reference the Southern voting block that concerned itself with the interest of white supremacist.