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Reconstruction Political Cartoons Published in News and Humor Publications

Published August 22, 2017

Richard Samuel West, founder of New England's Periodyssey
CUNY Graduate Center, July 20, 2016

In this presentation, Richard Samuel West analyzes political cartoons of the reconstruction era utilizing Thomas Nast’s Harper Weekly pieces as a timeline. West focuses on Southern Sentiment and Nast’s sharp criticism of it, presenting cartoons on Johnson’s presidency, Grant’s oppositional stance, and images of the KKK and White League. This talk took place on July 19, 2016, as part of ASHP’s Visual Culture of the Civil War Summer Institute, an NEH professional development program for college and university faculty.  

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