Thomas Nast: The Father of Modern Political Cartoons

Thomas Nast: The Father of Modern Political Cartoons

Fiona Deans Halloran


Thomas Nast (1840-1902), the founder of American political cartooning, could be top identified for his cartoons portraying political events because the Democratic donkey and the Republican elephant. Nast's legacy additionally features a trove of alternative political cartoons, his winning assault at the computing device politics of Tammany corridor in 1871, and his wildly renowned illustrations of Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly journal. all through his occupation, his drawings supplied a pointed critique that compelled readers to confront the contradictions round them.
during this thoroughgoing and vigorous biography, Fiona Deans Halloran focuses not only on Nast's political cartoons for Harper's but additionally on his position in the complexities of Gilded Age politics and highlights the various contradictions in his personal lifestyles: he used to be an immigrant who attacked immigrant groups, a supporter of civil rights who portrayed black males as silly youngsters short of counsel, and an enemy of corruption and hypocrisy who idolized Ulysses S. provide. He was once a guy with strong acquaintances, together with Mark Twain, and strong enemies, together with William M. "Boss" Tweed. Halloran translates Nast's paintings, explores his motivations and beliefs, and illuminates Nast's lasting legacy on American political culture.

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