THE TAMMANY TIGER LOOSE. - "WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?"

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Thomas Nast

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The Tammany Tiger Loose. - "What are you going to do about it?"

Wood engraving, 1871.
Image size 13 1/2 x 20 3/8" (34.3 x 51.8 cm).
Good condition.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 92289
Price: $150.00
Publisher : Published by Harper's Weekly. November 11, 1871.
Scandals. Intrigue. Embezzlement. The corruption of Tammany Hall had been exposed. William M. Tweed, who had been head of Tammany Hall for many years, sits upon his throne watching as the Tammany Tiger mauls America. Poor Columbia is helpless to defend herself. Her sword of "power" has been shattered. Her crown of "The Republic" cast aside. The "Law" is tattered. Flag soiled. Justice has been murdered and "the ballot" box has been broken. These were all symbols of what Tammany Hall and Boss Tweed were destroying.

With this cartoon Thomas Nast, the artist, calls for the people to rally together and bring justice upon the corrupt politician and his cohorts, who sit around him in this cartoon. Tweed would be ousted from Tammany Hall by the end of 1871, but he would not be tried and convicted until 1873. Even so, his power and sway had the first trial thrown out. It took several months for lawyers to pull the case back together and finally have him imprison.
18th-19th Century Subjects , Caricatures and Satirical , Political

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