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"Compromise with the South"
Thomas Nast was a fierce supporter for the Union cause. He used allegory and melodrama in his cartoons to support the cause he believed was right. In his picture "Compromise with the South," Columbia is weeping at the grave of "Union Heroes in a Useless War" as a worn out Union amputee shakes the hand of a neatly groomed Southern soldier. It was said that the picture brought him "instant fame" and helped the Republicans in their efforts to have Lincoln re-elected in 1864.
why is thomas nast so important?
Thomas Nast was a very important figure during this time. He created something as simple as a drawing and was able to persuade a whole country to go for or against a person or cause. He was a very convincing man and used his talent of creating cartoons to his advantage. Not many people can say they've done that before.