The President’s Inaugural

The President’s Inaugural

Title: The President’s Inaugural

Year: 1861

Creator: Thomas Nast, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated News

Description: Albert Shaw describes this as Nast’s’ “first political cartoon. He was then twenty-one years old, and had recently returned from his European experiences as a news illustrator.” In the first frame, Nast portrays the northern reaction to the President’s inaugural speech. He is potrayed with the palm branches and garlands of peace. In the second frame, Lincoln assumes a different Roman garb as a helmeted warrior standing on a vanquished foe. “This is the way the South receives it,” was Nast’s caption.

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