1876 HARPERS WEEKLY THOMAS NAST CARTOON –
CUSTER-SIOUX WAR-LITTLE BIG HORN CONTENT – WONDERFUL
PERIOD POLITICAL SATIRE: This is an original
page from the August 5, 1876 edition of the famous
periodical, HARPER’S WEEKLY which is a full 16” x
11” political cartoon by the famous period satirist
Thomas Nash depicting the plight of the Indian War
The subject matter specifically targets the U.S.
Congress for not properly funding the US Army and how
that lack of funding negatively affected the ability of
the Army to deal with the Indians. The Indians are
depicted picking over skeletons of the soldiers as they
read a sign post advertising the Army’s financial
plight. Keep in mind this issue was published a month
to the day after news of the disaster at the Little Big
Horn was made public on July 4, 1876, and the impact on
the consciousness of the public was purely intentional.
These Nast political cartoons are collector’s items in
their own right, but they also add a human interest
touch to your collection of Indian War artifacts and put
them in the context of the times and events.
The reverse carries the new of the day, including
editorials addressing the “Indian Problem”, the
appointment of Rutherford B. Hayes’ running mate in the
upcoming presidential election and the Ku Klux Klan.
The page is in very good condition with only minor nips
along the edge and would be very attractive framed with
your collection. $50