Thomas Nast Slavery Pictures
Thomas Nast was a staunch
Abraham Lincoln supporter, defender of the Union Cause in the Civil
War, and strong opponent to Slavery. Nast used his art to show
the Nation a picture of how things could be. He created the artwork
below on the topic of Slavery, in the days that Slavery was still a thriving
institution in our land. Thomas Nast's dramatic illustrations helped
our Nation understand the moral outrage of slavery. The images capture the
important events related to Slavery in the 1860's.
The collection below contains all Slavery Artwork created by Thomas Nast
during the Civil War years. Each leaf is original, and over 135 years old.
This artwork was critical in helping to lead our Nation out of the Corrupt
and Bankrupt Institution of Slavery, and onto a path of freedom and equality
for all men.
Civil War Soldier
This is an original 1865 print by Thomas
Nast, one of the most popular artists of the 1800's. It is one of the most
touching and dramatic of all Civil War Art of Negro Soldiers, and one of my
personal favorites. The print shows a Union Buffalo Soldier who lost his leg
in the Civil War. He is standing in his Union uniform, and is supported by
crutches. He has lost his leg well above his knee. Lady Liberty stands by
the soldier, with her hand tenderly placed upon his shoulder. She is looking
out of the picture and pointing to him with her other hand, as if to ask,
"what shall we do with this man". At the time this print was made, the
Nation was struggling to deal with the "freemen". This print presents the
perspective that the Negro, along with the white man, had served bravely in
the war, and deserved to be fully recognized for his heroism. In the
background is a tattered US flag, and inscribed on the flag are battles such
as Fort Pillow and Fort Wagner, which were battles in which Buffalo Soldiers
played a particularly important role.
"Black Soldier" by Thomas Nast
(Click on Image for Enlarged View)
At this time, the Nation was grappling with
the issues of Citizenship and Suffrage for blacks. Clearly, Nast is
suggesting that Blacks had sacrificed in the Civil War, and deserved both
Citizenship, and the Right to Vote.
We created this
Thomas Nast Gallery to digitally preserve Nast's Slavery work for
posterity. We are now making the original, 140 year old leafs
available for a $250 contribution to this site. The proceeds from the sale of the
material will enable us to continue to expand the free educational material featured on our
site. Please contact
if you are interested in acquiring one of these original leafs.