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Thomas Nast : the father of modern political cartoons

Author: Fiona Deans Halloran
Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2012] ©2012
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Thomas Nast; Thomas Nast; Thomas Nast
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fiona Deans Halloran
ISBN: 9780807835876 0807835870
OCLC Number: 785863941
Description: xi, 366 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
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 --
Tweed --
The campaign of 1872 --
Redpath and wealth --
Access and authority --
Conflict with Curtis --
The end of an era --
Nast's weekly and Guayaquil --
Legacy --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Fiona Deans Halloran.
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"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"--

"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. In this thoroughgoing and lively biography, Fiona Deans Halloran interprets his work, explores his motivations and ideals, and illuminates the lasting legacy of Nast's work on American political culture"--

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This book brings [Thomas Nast] back to his highly deserved place in American cultural history.--"Journal of American Culture"

 
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