Thomas Nast [electronic resource] : the father of modern political cartoons / Fiona Deans Halloran.
- 1 [ed.].
- Chapel Hill, N.C. : University of North Carolina Press, 2012.
1 online resource (xi, 366 pages)
- Cartoonists -- United States -- Biography.
Nast, Thomas, 1840-1902.
- Electronic books.
- "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. In this thoroughgoing and lively biography, Fiona Deans Halloran focuses not just on Nast's political cartoons for Harper's but also on his place within the complexities of Gilded Age politics and highlights the many contradictions in his own life: he was an immigrant who attacked immigrant communities, a supporter of civil rights who portrayed black men as foolish children in need of guidance, and an enemy of corruption and hypocrisy who idolized Ulysses S. Grant. He was a man with powerful friends, including Mark Twain, and powerful enemies, including William M. "Boss" Tweed. Halloran interprets Nast's work, explores his motivations and ideals, and illuminates Nast's lasting legacy on American political culture. "-- Provided by publisher.
- From Five Points to Frank Leslie's Illustrated News
Early Work and Training
Travel to Europe and Sallie
Compromise with the South
Falling in Love with Grant
The Campaign of 1872
Redpath and Wealth
Access and Authority
Conflict with Curtis
The End of an Era
Nast's Weekly and Guayaquil
- Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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