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Thomas Nast's Original "United We Stand" Print

This is an incredible 1864 illustration introducing, for the first time, the patriotic term "United We Stand".  This is an original Thomas Nast illustration the December 3, 1864 edition of Harper's Weekly.  The illustration features about eight images on the patriotic theme  "United We Stand". The key image is in the center, and features President Abraham Lincoln.  It shows Mr. Lincoln bringing peace to the country, and joining together Northern and Southern brothers.  Mr. Lincoln can be seen holding out the hand of friendship to a Rebel Soldier.

United We Stand

Thomas Nast "United We Stand"  (Click on Image for Enlarged View)

The Confederate Soldier is taking Mr. Lincoln's hand, accepting his offer of friendship and restoration.  Mr. Lincoln his his left hand extended to a Union soldier, and that soldier is grasping his hand as well. Seen in the background is a black woman holding a small child, indicating Nast's vision of the future United country had a place for not only pardoned Confederate Soldiers, but emancipated slaves as well.

The Union Flag is seen flying in the background, over a group of citizens united by Lincoln.  The image is captioned, "United We Stand".  It presents Lincoln as both the United and the Emancipator.  It presents Nast's image of hope for a future country that would once again stand united together.

The other images show additional patriotic images.  The upper left inset drawing presents Columbia freeing slaves from chains.  The image is captioned, "Thank God for Maryland Freeing Her Slaves." The freed slaves include a small child and a proud soldier carrying a gun.

The upper right image shows Columbia weeping and praying over a flag. She is kneeling in prayer over the flag, and the caption reads, "Thank God for Union Victories".

The Lower center image continues the reverent theme, and shows General William T. Sherman, Butler, and Grant, as well as two other Generals.  This image is captioned, "Blessed are the Peace-Makers.

This is a stunning image.  The theme of "United We Stand", which was first introduced in this patriotic image has become a rallying cry for our united nation ever since.

We hope you enjoy this complete Gallery of the Civil War works of Thomas Nast.  We have created this digital archive for the use of researchers and students of Thomas Nast.  Please remember that the digitally enhanced images are Copyright Son of the South Material.  For more information, contact paul@sonofthesouth.net .

A Note to our Readers

We created this Thomas Nast Gallery to digitally preserve Nast's Civil War work for posterity.  We are now making the original, 140 year old leafs available for a price of $250 each.  The proceeds from the sale of the material will enable us to continue to expand the material featured on our site.  Please contact paul@sonofthesouth.net if you are interested in acquiring one of these original leafs.

 

 

 

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