Illustrating the late 1800s from Honest Abe to Corrupt Boss Tweed

Actions and Impact

For a boy whose teacher claimed that he could neither learn how to write nor calculate, Nast's art exemplifies cunning wit. In the previous section, we visited his impacts on the American views of slavery and corruption. Now, we will get the chance to analyze a few of Nast's cartoons in the mosaic below.

"As for Nast's ability to draw, the pictures speak for themselves. If they are not academic, they at least the powerful embodiment of an idea and purpose--all the more powerful, it may be, for their rugged disregard of rule."1

Interactive Nast Mosaic


1Albert Paine, Thomas Nast: His Period and His Pictures. (New York: Pyne Pr, 1974) 578.