Thomas Nast: The Father of Modern Political Cartoons by Fiona Deans Halloran

By Fiona Deans Halloran

Thomas Nast (1840-1902), the founder of American political cartooning, might be top identified for his cartoons portraying political events because the Democratic donkey and the Republican elephant. Nast's legacy additionally incorporates a trove of alternative political cartoons, his winning assault at the laptop politics of Tammany corridor in 1871, and his wildly renowned illustrations of Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly journal. all through his profession, his drawings supplied a pointed critique that pressured readers to confront the contradictions round them.
during this thoroughgoing and full of life biography, Fiona Deans Halloran focuses not only on Nast's political cartoons for Harper's but in addition on his position in the complexities of Gilded Age politics and highlights the numerous contradictions in his personal existence: he used to be an immigrant who attacked immigrant groups, a supporter of civil rights who portrayed black males as silly young children wanting counsel, and an enemy of corruption and hypocrisy who idolized Ulysses S. provide. He used to be a guy with strong pals, together with Mark Twain, and robust 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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