Old Attack Ads, New Tricks
Norman Rockwell Museum shows 19th century political cartoons
On Capitol Hill, arguments fly about the lives of Black Americans, a woman running for president, industry jobs moving overseas, and the end of a war—and it’s 1866. Some things haven’t changed in 150 years. Political satirist Thomas Nast captured political debates like these in his drawings for Harper’s, and his images could make or break candidates.
This election season, the Norman Rockwell Museum will show Nast’s work, beginning September 10. Nast created the 19th-century version of attack ads, and he wasn’t subtle. He drew Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president, as a winged demon. nrm.org