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King Andy: How He Will Look and What He Will Do

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Thomas Nast, KING ANDY: HOW HE WILL LOOK AND WHAT HE WILL DO, FROM HARPER'S WEEKLY (1866). Courtesy of HarpWeek, LLC.

Creator Thomas Nast
Context Northerners were divided over both President Johnson and Reconstruction.
Audience Voters
Purpose To influence public opinion against Johnson

Historical Significance

Thomas Nast, a leading political cartoonist, created this elaborate drawing for the 1866 congressional elections. The central figure, President Andrew Johnson, had been a pro-Union Democrat and Lincoln's vice president. Nast depicted him on a throne flanked by his secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles (as Neptune); secretary of state, William Seward; and Lady Liberty. The figures lined up at the chopping block were radical Republicans who opposed Johnson.

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