14 January 2011

Thomas Nast's Anti-Irish Cartoons at St. Joseph



Thomas Nast's Anti-Irish Cartoons at St. Joseph, by Roger Catlin (Hartford Courant, 13 January 2011)

Excerpts:
Thomas Nast, the granddaddy of American political cartooning, had his own perceived ethnic enemies. He created the popular image of Santa Claus and helped devise the visual shorthand of the political parties through the creation of their representative animals.

But he also had serious reservations toward the Irish, who were flooding the shores as immigrants and getting jobs.

Nast had some progressive views toward the recently freed African American slaves, Chinese immigrants and Native Americans. But there was something about the Irish and their elaborate Catholic practices that caused some of his most stereotyped work for one of the leading publications of its day, Harper's Weekly.
Link: Thomas Nast's Anti-Irish Cartoons at St. Joseph


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