New York: Harper's Weekly, 1870.
Woodcut. 11 1/4" x 16". Shows some small chips at edges, image unaffected. In very good condition.
Page 361 from the April 22, 1870 edition of Harper's Magazine. A full page political cartoon showing in the foreground a man with a baton speaking with fervor to a Native American man. A group of men behind them, including black and white men, hold slips of paper and stand under a sign that says "The Polls," indicating that they are voting. It questions the laws that keep Native Americans from being citizens and from allowing them to vote.
Thomas Nast was a political cartoonist and illustrator; credited with devising elephant and donkey symbols of Republican and Democratic parties, and with creating American image of Santa Claus. He largely featured Catholicism and the papacy in Rome, Irish-Americans, and corrupt Democratic politicians (namely Boss Tweed and the Tammany Hall institution) in his art work.