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Thomas NastThe Father of Modern Political Cartoons$
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Fiona Deans Halloran

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835876

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837351_halloran

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Compromise with the South

Compromise with the South

(p.59) Chapter Four Compromise with the South
Thomas Nast

Fiona Deans Halloran

University of North Carolina Press

Thomas Nast's early professional experiences, combined with his familial and local politics, helped push him from illustration into political cartooning. This chapter highlights Thomas Nast's cartoon “Compromise with the South”, which appeared in Harper's Weekly on September 3, 1864. In it, a Union soldier, head bowed, reluctantly shakes hands with the Confederacy over the grave of Union men who fell for a worthless cause. “Compromise with the South” secured Nast's position as an observer of American politics. Because of its popularity, the Republican Party asked Nast for the printing rights for one of their campaign posters.

Keywords:   Thomas Nast, Compromise with the South, political cartooning, Harper's Weekly, Union, Confederacy, politics, Republican Party

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