TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN. : NEW YORK. "NOW YOU SEE WHAT I DID ABOUT IT. GO AND DO LIKEWISE."

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Thomas Nast

Artist's Biography

To Whom it May Concern. : New York. "Now You See What I Did About It. Go and Do Likewise."

Wood engraving, 1871.
Image size 13 x 9" (33 x 22.8 cm).
Good condition.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 91451
Price: $55.00
Publisher : Published by Harper's Weekly. December 2, 1871.
This cartoon is in reference to the New York State elections of 1871. Boss Tweed and the Canal Ring (corrupt Democrats) had been overthrown earlier that year and ushered in a strong Republican vote for state position. Columbia, the personification of America, gestures to the ballot box, welcoming people to cast their vote without fear or persecution. Beneath its heavy weight are the squashed faces of three men, most likely Boss Tweed and other corrupt politicians who had been removed. In the background people of power stare in disbelief, while the average citizen, to the right, celebrates the victory. Uncle Sam pastes posters on a wall. They read, "The Ballot is Mightier than the Bullet. Nov. 7th 1871" and "Victory for the Republic (United States). Down with Corruption : Rings."

The artist, Thomas Nast, encourages other states to stand up to corruption, just as New York had, with this cartoon. The title "To Whom It May Concern" likely refers to a famous letter written by President Lincoln in 1864, in which he requests the Confederate south to assist in finding ways to restore peace, and end slavery, in the country.
18th-19th Century Subjects , Caricatures and Satirical , Political

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