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"The Ignorant Vote..."

Topic:
Casting Ballots
Source:
Harper's Weekly
Cartoonist:
Thomas Nast
Date:
December 9, 1876, p. 985
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This full-page cover by Thomas Nast appeared a few weeks after the presidential election. It is notable because of the derogatory black caricature by the artist and its placement on the cover of Harper's Weekly. Nast had been an abolitionist and a strong defender of black civil rights during Reconstruction, positions in line with the rest of the publication since late 1863. The artist's previous depiction of blacks was almost uniformly dignified, humane, and sympathetic. Here, however, the black man is a barefooted buffoon who is unfit to vote.
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