Civil War, "Bloody Shirt," and Black Americans


 “He Will Be Gulliver in the Hands of the Brobdingnagians”
  Cartoonist:  Thomas Nast
  Source:  Harper's Weekly
  Date:   September 18, 1880, p. 596

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
As in his July 31 cartoon, "General Hancock Gulliver, How Do You Like It As Far As You've Got?," artist Thomas Nast adapts an adventure from Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726) to fit the 1880 presidential race. Democratic presidential nominee General Winfield Hancock is Gulliver in the hands (literally) of the giant race of humans known as Brobdingnagians. Former Confederate secretary of state Robert Toombs of Georgia clutches Hancock in his massive fist. The clear message of Nast's cartoon is that the presidential administration of the Democratic "Yank" candidate will be "yanked" (controlled) by Southerners.












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