Thomas Nast, Political Cartoonist by John Chalmers Vinson

By John Chalmers Vinson

Original e-book 1967

If it's real that the pen is mightier than the sword and that one photograph is worthy 1000 phrases, Thomas Nast needs to definitely rank as essentially the most influential personalities in nineteenth-century American background. His pen, dipped in satire, aroused an apathetic, disinterested, and uninformed public to indignation and motion greater than as soon as. the main outstanding Nast crusade, and doubtless the only most sensible recorded this present day, used to be directed opposed to big apple City’s Tammany corridor and its boss, William Marcy Tweed. Boss Tweed and his ring so feared the ability of Nast and his drawings that they as soon as provided him a bribe of $500,000.

Six presidents of the USA got and gratefully approved Nast’s help in the course of their candidacies and administrations. of those, Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses provide, credited Nast with greater than mere aid. in the course of the Civil battle, Lincoln referred to as Nast his “best recruiting sergeant,” and after the battle supply, then a common, wrote that Nast had performed as “much as anyone guy to maintain the Union and convey the conflict to an end.” all through his occupation the cartoonist remained an ardent champion of provide who, after his election in 1868, attributed his victory to “the sword of Sheridan and the pencil of Thomas Nast.”

Nast’s paintings remains to be wide-spread this day. It was once Nast who popularized the trendy thoughts of Santa Claus and Uncle Sam and who created such symbols because the Democratic donkey, the Republican elephant, and the Tammany tiger.

With greater than a hundred and fifty examples of Nast’s paintings, Thomas Nast: Political Cartoonist recreates the lifestyles and development of creative improvement of the guy who made the political comic strip a revered and robust journalistic shape.

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122, he has Uncle Sam, military budget in hand, riding on Congress which was represented by a snail. He failed to revise the nation's fiscal policies, but his efforts won respect, admiration, and grati­ tude from soldiers and sailors. In an unpre­ cedented move, military units, by subscriptions limited to a quarter, raised enough to purchase Nast a large silver vase shaped like an army canteen and engraved with a drawing of the nation, represented by Columbia, awarding him a medal.

However, he made no move against Nast. Tweed became so alarmed by these develop­ ments that he sent Connolly to Times publisher George Jones with an offer of $5,000,000 to quash the story. Jones remarked that not even the Devil would pay that much for him, but he refused the offer. It was evident gross thievery had taken place, but who was responsible? Nast mocked Ring mem­ bers' wounded innocence when charged with theft in one of his best cartoons of the series. " (No. 47) depicts the mem­ bers of the Ring and other city officials standing in a circle and each answers the question by pointing to the man nearest him.

Raymond and William Cullen Bryant, were dead, along with their vogue. Reporters now moved to the fore as public interest shifted away from the editorial page to the front page, from opinion to news. I n the news, politics became less interesting than the "human interest" story. News­ papers increased in numbers and in circulation, be­ coming in the process corporations, impersonal and highly organized, like those in industry. Na­ tionwide services and newspaper chains were or­ ganized; standardization set in.

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