The Old Print Shop

"All Hail and Farewell to the Pacific Railroad."

  • ARTIST: Thomas Nast

  • PUBLISHER: Published in Harper's Weekly. July 10, 1869.

  • MEDIUM: Wood engraving,

    DATE: 1869.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 13 7/8 x 9 1/8" (35.2 x 23.3 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: In this cartoon Thomas Nast, the artist, mocks Wendell Phillips. The title comes from an editorial Phillips wrote against the completion of the Pacific Railroad, stating it would harm the Plains Indians. His wording was quite crass however and he claimed that the Indians, who weren't considered citizens at the time, had every right to wage war on America, rip up the rails and kill the people on the trains. This incited controversy because it supported Indian violence. So Nast has depicted Phillips, dressed in Native American clothing, laying up on the railroad tracks he so hated, about to be run over by national progress. <br><br> Phillips had always been an advocate of equal treatment of Native Americans, and argued that under the 14th Amendment they should be made citizens. The battle continued, and included women's rights, after the Fifteenth Amendment was passed in 1870, making it illegal to deny a citizen the right to vote "on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude."


  • CONDITION: Good condition.