Understanding a Political Cartoon: Nast & Reconstruction

Warning: this video includes violent and racist imagery

A conversation between Dr. Kimberly Kutz Elliott and Dr. Beth Harris on Thomas Nast's 1874 political cartoon, "The Union As It Was—Worse Than Slavery."

Thomas Nast, "The Union As It Was—Worse Than Slavery," 1874, wood engraving, illustration in Harper’s Weekly (October 24, 1874) (Library of Congress)


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