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Krista Castillo presentsFrom the Pages of Harper’s Weekly: The Illustrations of Thomas Nast, Reconstruction Politics and Popular Consciousness”

The illustrations of Thomas Nast, prominently displayed in Harper’s Weekly, reveal popular attitudes towards Reconstruction politics and emerging radical ideologies. Nast successfully illustrated complicated political issues for illiterate members of society while his semi-allegorical decorative drawings touched the souls of those suffering through the horrors and sorrows of war both North and South.

Although Thomas Nast’s reputation as an illustrator, caricaturist and political cartoonist faded into obscurity over the past one hundred years, most Americans easily recognize the symbols he created such as the Democratic Donkey, the Republican Elephant and the most popular representation of Santa Clause. Nast’s deeply rooted convictions and skill transformed his pen into a weapon poised to eradicate injustice, characteristics that remain unmatched in his craft to this day.

Presented by the Old Baldy Civil War Roundtable

Camden County College, Connector Bldg 101, 200 College Dr., Blackwood, NJ 08012



200 College Dr Blackwood, NJ 08012