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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.
This is a Thomas Nast drawing of Escaping
Slaves in the Civil War. The image is an original leaf from an 1863
edition of Harper's Weekly. The illustration shows a group of
escaping slaves coming into the Union lines. The image is
captioned, "Contrabands coming into our Lines under the Proclamation". Of
course, the proclamation being referenced is the Emancipation Proclamation.
The illustration is a dramatic image of former slaves getting their first
taste of freedom.
Thomas Nast's Escaping Slaves Picture
(Click on Image for Enlarged View)
The image shows throngs of
blacks approaching the Union lines. One young and strong black man can
be seen carrying a much older frail black man, likely his father or other
close relative. The old man being carried has the look of joy on his
face, and he is waving his hat in celebration. The freed slaves are carrying
their processions in little bundles on the end of sticks slung over their
shoulders. In the background, more black people can be seen coming.
The union soldier is holding out his hand in friendship to the approaching
emancipated slaves. The image has Thomas Nast's distinctive signature in the
lower right of the leaf.
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.