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Thomas Nast Portfolio

A digital portfolio and analysis of 20 Thomas Nast cartoons
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Ahlecks Kottun

on 4 January 2013

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Thomas Nast Who was he??? Thomas Nast is the "Father of American Caricature." He drew countless cartoons which depicted his own personal opinion on current political events, including everything from who the current president was and what they were doing to the most recent scandal of the new American world and how it affected the economy. Some of his many cartoons are as follows... “Boss Tweed as Moneybag”: one of Thomas Nast’s searing
renderings of the most famous of all corrupt politicians. “The Tammany Tiger” mauls the principles of the Republic, while Tweed as Caesar watches the arena unmoved. In fact, by the time Thomas Nast’s cartoon appeared in 1871,Tweed’s imperium was dissolving, and the cartoonists had done a great deal to propel the Boss toward destruction. “The President of the United States and his Cabinet” Beneath Tweed’s ample shadow, an imaginary President of the United States flourishes, while all around the Boss’s henchmen enjoy their roles in the cabinet. “Under the Thumb” Tweed holds New York under his thumb while happy New Jersey – never, in fact, the most innocent of states – enjoys the blessing of Tammany-free government. “Tweed stands guard at the ballot box,” and in the caption Nast writes his favorite line: “As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it? Say?” “Tammany Ring” One of Nast’s most effective cartoons shows each member of the Ring pointing to the next and answering the question “Who stole the people’s money?” “Let us Prey” The ultimate Nast judgment, and perhaps the best-known American political cartoon, has Tweed and his fellow vultures clinging anxiously to their storm-lashed perch. “Bribery & Corruption” Nast’s summation shows Tweed with time to ponder what was done about it. “The Result of War—Virginia in 1863,” Born a pacifist, Nast created some of these post-war cartoons in order to discourage people from returning to war and encourage help with restoration from all corners of the country. “The Emancipation of the Negroes, January, 1863—The Past and the Future,” Nast saw a chance with many of his drawings such as this one to create a time line of historical events while still voicing his opinion in favor of the slaves. “The Chicago Platform,” Yet another one of Nast's time line cartoons, he drew this to move voters away from George McClellan and remind them of his poor military leadership. “Thanksgiving-Day, November 24, 1864,” This famous cartoon shows Lincoln and other military leaders giving thanks for the sudden turn in the war. Nast was perhaps trying to hint that Lincoln was more of a lucky president than a great president. “Palm Sunday,” This cartoon depicts and pokes fun at the surrender at Appomattox courthouse during the civil war. “Patience on a Monument,” Here, Nast dramatizes the continuity between anti-black violence undertaken by segments of the Democratic party during the Civil War and regarding reconstruction. “‘Move On!’ Has the Native American no rights that the naturalized American is bound to respect,” In this cartoon, Nast very obviously expressed his belief in equality(or at least some rights) for each races, as he had previously expressed for slaves. “‘The Chinese Question.’ Columbia. —‘Hands off, gentlemen! America means fair play for all men.’” Again, another equality cartoon from Nast. He saw no reason to impose on foreign workers when all they did was help the domestic economy. “Pardon. Franchise. Columbia. —‘Shall I trust these men, and not this man?’” In this cartoon by Nast, America ponders why she should give the white southerners who betrayed the nation all the right of an American citizen but not give the same rights to an African-American Union veteran. Nast uses this concept to outline his contempt for the hypocrisy of the south. “Andrew Johnson’s Reconstruction, And How It Works." In this cartoon, Thomas Nast intended both to generate opposition to President Andrew Johnson's lenient Reconstruction plan and to gain support in the fall 1866 elections for Republican congressional candidates who endorsed a more radical Reconstruction policy. “Amphitheatrum Johnsonianum—Massacre of the Innocents at New Orleans, July 30, 1866.” This image is a harsh criticism of what Nast believed was President Andrew Johnson’s ultimate responsibility for the New Orleans riot of the previous summer. “The American River Ganges. The Priests and the Children.” This cartoon is one of Thomas Nast's most famous. It depicts Roman Catholic clergy as crocodiles invading America's shore to devour the nation's schoolchildren - white, black, American Indian, and Chinese. And before it starts, I do apologize for the poor quality of some of the pictures. It seems that my computer does not like how some of the pictures compressed. On that note, Enjoy!
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