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.
Abraham Lincoln and Emancipated Slaves, April 1865
Virginia, the Confederate Capitol fell on April 3, 1865. The
following day, April 4, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln went to the fallen
city. Throngs of slaves were in the streets, celebrating their first day of
freedom, and welcoming Lincoln. Thomas Nast captured this historic event
with his drawing presented at your right. This is perhaps the best
portrait of Mr. Lincoln ever produced. It shows that while Lincoln was
to tragically die 10 days later, he did, if only briefly, get to see the
fruit of his leadership and resolve. He was able to see the grateful
tears of the emancipated, and hear their cheers of appreciation. There is a
fascinating story about this day, so please click on the image for the full
story of the day that Abraham Lincoln walked the streets of the fallen Rebel
Entering Richmond Virginia
1864 Presidential Campaign
By 1864, the Country had grown weary of the long and bloody Civil War.
Many began to think that the war was not worth it, and that the price of
freedom was too great. George McClellan was running for President
on the Democratic Party Platform of "Compromise With the South", which in
effect meant "Let them Keep their Slaves if it will End the War". Abraham Lincoln was sinking fast,
but then Thomas Nast created this illustration which changed everything.
Read the fascinating Story of this Powerful Illustration, and how it helped
swing the 1864 election.
Thomas Nast's "1864
Emancipated Slave Family
This 1863 Thomas Nast drawing shows a slave family reading word of the
Emancipation Proclamation. The image presents the moment of Joy, as
the slave family realizes for the first time that they are free. This
picture of the slave family achieving their freedom is a classic Thomas Nast
drawing, and shows his staunch support for Abraham Lincoln, and the
Thomas Nast's Drawing of
Southern Plantation Slaves Being Freed
This Original 1863 Thomas Nast drawing shows Union troops arriving at a
Southern Plantation, and the ensuing emancipation of plantation slaves
there. There is an incredible story associated with this drawing, so please
be sure to click on the image for an enlargement of the picture and the full
story on the illustration.
Thomas Nast Illustration of Slaves Being
Emancipated on a
Charge of the Buffalo Soldiers, 1863
In 1863, the Union Army began using
emancipated slaves and other free black men as soldiers. This was a
very controversial move, and one that did not enjoy much support in the
North, or among the white troops. Thomas Nast, a visionary of his day,
saw beyond the biases of the day, and saw that integration of blacks into
the Union Army was a good thing. He created the illustration to your
right to show that Negro Buffalo Soldiers could fight bravely alongside
white troops. The image appeared in an 1863 edition of Harper's
Thomas Nast's Original 1863 "Charge
Runaway Slaves, 1863
This 1863 Thomas Nast illustration shows
exiled Southern families, White and Black, heading North, looking for refuge
in the Union. The illustration is a classic Nast. A group
of Blacks can be seen, no doubt slaves looking for their freedom, and
escaping the South with a White Family.
Thomas Nast's Original 1863 "Runaway
Injured Negro Soldier, 1865
This 1865 Thomas Nast illustration shows
Columbia and an injured Negro Soldier. The black man has lost his leg
while serving as a Union Soldier. He is pictured in his Union Uniform,
and he has his cap in his hand. Standing next to him is Columbia.
This is a classic Thomas Nast illustration,
making the point that the freed slaves had served bravely in the Civil War.
Nast had played a critical role in helping Lincoln get elected to a second
term, and in building public support for the Emancipation of the Slaves.
In this touching illustration, Nast is going a step further, and suggesting
both Citizenship, and the right to vote for Emancipated Slaves.
Thomas Nast's Original 1865 "Injured
Black Soldier" Drawing
Escaping Slaves, 1863
This 1863 Thomas Nast illustration shows
Escaping Slaves seeking refuge from Union Troops. A multitude of
slaves is seen approaching the Union Lines. In one case a young black
man can be seen carrying an older, frail black man to freedom.
This Thomas Nast piece demonstrates Nast's
desire to humanize the slaves. Images such as these would have been
considered shocking at the time they were created.
Thomas Nast's Original 1863 "Escaping
The images above present
an eye-witness view of the institution of slavery. It is clear from
this slavery artwork, that Thomas Nast was a strong opponent of Slavery.
His images helped the country realize the brutality of slavery, helped get
Abraham Lincoln elected to a second term, and helped accelerate the end to
the institution of slavery in this Nation.
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.