Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Video: The Life of Thomas Nast

Thomas Nast self portrait from the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum.

Fiona Deans Halloran recounts the life of political cartoonist Thomas Nast (1840-1902). She teaches history at Rowland Hall-St. Mark's School in Salt Lake City, Utah.

There is no direct link, but you can see her presentation on YouTube here.

She has written a new biography, published by UNC Press, THOMAS NAST, THE FATHER OF MODERN POLITICAL CARTOONS.

"A regular contributor to Harper's Weekly, Nast made popular the donkey and elephant as symbols of the Democratic and Republican Parties. Ms. Halloran examines the role the cartoonist played in Gilded Age politics and his many detractors, William "Boss" Tweed, and friends, Mark Twain that he accrued throughout his career. Fiona Deans Halloran speaks at the Filson Historical Society in Louisville, Kentucky."

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