|Thomas Nast in the early 1870s, about the time of his |
You can't tell the story of New York's Boss Tweed, who ruled the City with greed and grandeur in the years after the Civil War and was driven from power in a citizens' uprising in 1872, without the fantastic drawings of Thomas Nast -- the brilliant, young cartoonist for Harper's Weekly.
Here are a few appetizer samples.
Click here for more of the story -- from our newly-reissued book Boss Tweed: the Corrupt Pol who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York.
|"As long as I count the ballots, what are you going to do about it?" This is the most famous quote attibuted to Tweed. In truth, there is no evidence that he ever said it. Most likely, Nast simply made it up to get people mad at the Boss.|
|This cartoon, from June 1871, is the first where Nast uses the famous quote "What are you going to do about it?"|