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Thomas Nast: The Father of Modern Political Cartoons

Fiona Deans Halloran


Thomas Nast (1840–1902), the founding father of American political cartooning, is perhaps best known for his cartoons portraying political parties as the Democratic donkey and the Republican elephant. Nast's legacy also includes a trove of other political cartoons, his successful attack on the machine politics of Tammany Hall in 1871, and his wildly popular illustrations of Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly magazine. Throughout his career, his drawings provided a pointed critique that forced readers to confront the contradictions around them. This biography focuses not just on Nast's political c ... More

Keywords: Thomas Nast, political cartoons, political parties, machine politics, Tammany Hall, Harper's Weekly, Gilded Age, immigrant, civil rights, American political culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780807835876
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807837351_halloran


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fiona Deans Halloran, author