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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 bold Thomas Nast
illustration captioned, "Southern Exiles on Their Way North". It is an
original leaf from an 1863 edition of Harper's Weekly. The leaf
features images of Southern Families, White and Black, escaping the war, and
moving North. The Black Family is no doubt escaping slavery and bondage in
the South. This is a stunning illustration of a slave family on the run. The
image shows a scared family, looking at an approaching storm.
Thomas Nast "Runaway Slaves"
(Click on Image for Enlarged View)
Lightning can be seen in the
background, and the storm appears to be worsening as darkness
approaches. A man can be seen comforting his wife, and an older woman
can be seen on her knees crying. In the background, a black family
appears to be caring for a sick person. Further in the background,
more Black people can be seen watching the approaching storm. In classic
Nast style, this image helps create a poignant image of the "humanness" of
the Blacks. At the time, many considered Blacks as property. Nast
artwork helped establish the notion of Blacks as people, not property.
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.