English: The Language of Money


 “Another Kind of ‘Silent' (Democratic) Majority”
  Cartoonist:  Thomas Nast
  Source:  Harper's Weekly
  Date:   October 9, 1880, pp. 648-649

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
This double-page cartoon by Thomas Nast mimics an earlier Nast cartoon, "The 'Silent' (Democratic) Majority" of August 28, which both praises Democratic presidential nominee General Winfield Hancock's military heroism at Gettysburg and condemns his political association with the Democratic party. Here, the focus is English's reputation as a rich banker whose ruthless foreclosure policies led to the impoverishment and early deaths of his struggling former patrons. English looks down at the sign for the cemetery where his victims lie. In the left-background, a family watches as their home and few worldly belongings are auctioned to the highest bidder, while vultures circle overhead.












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