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Mon, 02 Jul 2018 14:00:48 +0000
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Political Cartoon
<img width="640" height="891" src="" class="attachment-large size-large wp-post-image" alt="Image features a cartoon of Thomas Nast and George Curtis in the &#039;Harper&#039;s Weekly&#039; editor&#039;s office. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object." style="display: block; margin-bottom: 5px; clear:both;max-width: 100%;" srcset=" 700w, 215w, 735w" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" data-attachment-id="30406" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="" data-orig-size="735,1024" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Nast" data-image-description="&lt;p&gt;The editor is seated at his desk, facing left with newspapers hanging on racks behind him. Seated on the floor, facing right in profile, is the artist himself depicted as a young child. The artist is sharpening his pencil, with a drawing block spread across his knees.&lt;/p&gt;" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" />Today discussions concerning the divisive power of political rhetoric are being addressed throughout the national media. This drawing captures a pivotal moment in nineteenth-century American history that juxtaposes a similar debate. Thomas Nast (1840-1902) joined the staff of Harper’s Weekly in 1862 and his drawings of the Civil War established his reputation. George William Curtis...
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