Thomas Nast: The Father of the Modern Political Cartoon

Born today was Thomas Nast,
Political cartoonist in the distant past.
A donkey and elephant through his eyes we see
That  symbolize the Democrats and the  GOP.

 

 

" Cartoonist Thomas  Nast is  credited with making the donkey the recognized symbol  of the Democratic  Party.   It first appeared in a cartoon in Harper's Weekly   in 1870, and was supposed to represent an anti-Civil War faction. But  the public was immediately taken by it and by 1880 it had already  become the unofficial symbol of the party.

The Elephant— Political cartoonist  Thomas  Nast was also  responsible for the Republican  Party elephant. In a cartoon that appeared in  Harper's  Weekly in 1874, Nast drew a donkey  clothed in lion's skin, scaring  away all the animals at the zoo. One  of those animals, the elephant, was  labeled "The Republican Vote." That's all it took for the elephant to  become associated with the  Republican Party." [infoplease.com]

 

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