The Political Cartoons ClipArt gallery offers 311 political cartoons from American history. Many of the cartoons are by Thomas Nast.

Nast cartooned by Puck in 1880. Nast: "I went through that Ring in 1873, but I can't go through it again. I am not that kind of a Jim Nast."

Nast Cartooned by Puck

Nast cartooned by Puck in 1880. Nast: "I went through that Ring in 1873, but I can't go through it again.…

Thomas Nast drawing caricatures.

Thomas Nast Drawing Caricatures

Thomas Nast drawing caricatures.

Nast shoos away the Herald insect while a caricature of the "Caesar Ghost," a caricature of a caricature, appears on the blackboard near at hand.

Nast Shoos Herald Insect

Nast shoos away the Herald insect while a caricature of the "Caesar Ghost," a caricature of a caricature,…

Thomas Nast writing with a feather pen and ink.

Thomas Nast Writing with a Feather Pen

Thomas Nast writing with a feather pen and ink.

In January of 1863, Harper's Weekly published Nast's first caricature cartoon - a boy frightening John Bull with the cry of "Here Comes General Butler!" - the latter having been denounced as "a brute" by the London Times. The picture was good enough but it gave no promise of the power and style which would make his individual caricature famous.

Nast's First Caricature - John Bull

In January of 1863, Harper's Weekly published Nast's first caricature cartoon - a boy frightening John…

The first step towards national bankruptcy. Stanley Matthew's 1878 resolution to pay the national debt off with silver coinage.

National Bankruptcy Steps

The first step towards national bankruptcy. Stanley Matthew's 1878 resolution to pay the national debt…

Nast depicts the criticism of Native American's exclusion from franchise by the caption "move on!". "Has the Native American no rights that the naturalized American is bound to respect? The other nationalities may vote, but not the original American."

Criticism of Native American's Exclusion from Franchise

Nast depicts the criticism of Native American's exclusion from franchise by the caption "move on!".…

New Year's jump with hope wins again.

New Year's Hope

New Year's jump with hope wins again.

The New York Election of 1879 of rival Democratic factions who were Kelly and Robinson, both emerge defeated.

New York Election of 1879

The New York Election of 1879 of rival Democratic factions who were Kelly and Robinson, both emerge…

Nast shows New York corruption as Tammany Ring orders the Board of Education to destroy all Harper's textbooks. The New Board of Education, sowing the seed with an eye to the harvest.

New York New Board of Education

Nast shows New York corruption as Tammany Ring orders the Board of Education to destroy all Harper's…

Nast depicts New York corruption with the New York City Treasury, empty to the workmen and the four masters who emptied it.

New York Treasury Empty

Nast depicts New York corruption with the New York City Treasury, empty to the workmen and the four…

Nast depicts New York corruption with New York under Tweed's thumb. "The Boss - 'well, what are you going to do about it?'"

New York Under Tweed's Thumb

Nast depicts New York corruption with New York under Tweed's thumb. "The Boss - 'well, what are you…

A prophecy of 1881 of New York's future in a few years.

New York's Future

A prophecy of 1881 of New York's future in a few years.

Nast depicts New York corruption under Tammany Hall Ring. Nast's shadows of forthcoming events predicts the no registry law and the Tammany police.

No Registry Law and Tammany

Nast depicts New York corruption under Tammany Hall Ring. Nast's shadows of forthcoming events predicts…

Newspapers and speakers especially condemned the "land embargo" — the cutting-off trade with Canada. The trade so suddenly thrown into confusion by it was represented in a caricature by a bewildered serpent which had been suddenly stopped in its movements by two trees, marked, respectively, "Embargo" and "Non-Importation Act." The wondering snake is puzzled to know what has happened, and the head cries out, "What's the matter, tail?" The latter answers, "I can't get out." A cock, representing France, stands by, joyfully.

Non Importation Act

Newspapers and speakers especially condemned the "land embargo" — the cutting-off trade with Canada.…

New York Tribune joins New York Herald on the third term hobby horse of anti-Grant editorials.

NY Tribune and NY Herald

New York Tribune joins New York Herald on the third term hobby horse of anti-Grant editorials.

The illustration contains an explanation of the Omnibus Bill or Compromise of 1850. Although one bill, it contains amendments to many laws. This is shown by one cart carrying many things.

Omnibus Bill of 1850

The illustration contains an explanation of the Omnibus Bill or Compromise of 1850. Although one bill,…

Peace and Justice return to the Joint High Commission.

Peace and Justice Return to Joint High Commission

Peace and Justice return to the Joint High Commission.

A political cartoon discussing Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, an officer in the United States Navy.

Political Cartoon about Oliver Hazard Perry

A political cartoon discussing Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, an officer in the United States Navy.

"A cartoon by Sir John Tenniel which appeared in the English journal Punch for March 9, 1890."—Webster, 1920

Dropping the Pilot

"A cartoon by Sir John Tenniel which appeared in the English journal Punch for March 9, 1890."—Webster,…

View of the farm-house of Jacob Pocock, near Bath, England, the second training place of the "Bencia Boy," which he was again obliged to leave on account of a complaint being lodged against him before the magistrates.

Jacob Pocock Farm-house

View of the farm-house of Jacob Pocock, near Bath, England, the second training place of the "Bencia…

View of the farm-house of Jacob Pocock, near Bath, England, the second training place of the "Bencia Boy," which he was again obliged to leave on account of a complaint being lodged against him before the magistrates.

Jacob Pocock Farm-house

View of the farm-house of Jacob Pocock, near Bath, England, the second training place of the "Bencia…

A political cartoon depicting the separation of Prince Charles and Flora MacDonald.

Prince Charles and Flora MacDonald

A political cartoon depicting the separation of Prince Charles and Flora MacDonald.

Nast depicts New York corruption under Tammany Hall Ring. Nast's shadows of forthcoming events predicts our public schools "going to the dogs."

Public Schools Going to the Dogs

Nast depicts New York corruption under Tammany Hall Ring. Nast's shadows of forthcoming events predicts…

A contemporary caricature of Josiah Quincy the first.

Josiah Quincy the First

A contemporary caricature of Josiah Quincy the first.

Racial issues during the 1870's in the United States and where to move.

Racial Issues in the 1870's

Racial issues during the 1870's in the United States and where to move.

Our friends, the enemy.

Rag Baby

Our friends, the enemy.

The rag baby swallows the silver dollar and is reviving.

Rag Baby Swallows Silver Dollar

The rag baby swallows the silver dollar and is reviving.

Whitlaw Reid makes the best of it.

Reid Makes the Best of It

Whitlaw Reid makes the best of it.

The first appearance of the Republican Elephant. Ceasarism fears drive the party's support towards an abyss during the third-term panic.

Republican Elephant Caesarism

The first appearance of the Republican Elephant. Ceasarism fears drive the party's support towards an…

The Republican Elephant hanging over a precipice, but is it saved?

Republican Elephant Hanging

The Republican Elephant hanging over a precipice, but is it saved?

Rutherford B. Hayes' policies strengthening the "Solid South" with the Republican Lamb being eaten by the Democratic Tiger.

Republican Lamb Eaten by Democratic Tiger

Rutherford B. Hayes' policies strengthening the "Solid South" with the Republican Lamb being eaten by…

During the 1880 Presidential Election, the Republican Pachyderm is alive and kicking.

Republican Pachyderm Alive and Kicking

During the 1880 Presidential Election, the Republican Pachyderm is alive and kicking.

During the 1884 Presidential Election, the "sacred elephant" of the Republican Party.

Republican Party Elephant

During the 1884 Presidential Election, the "sacred elephant" of the Republican Party.

"The trunk in sight. First appearance since the Fall (elections)." A Republican revival in New Hampshire.

Republican Revival in New Hampshire

"The trunk in sight. First appearance since the Fall (elections)." A Republican revival in New Hampshire.

Republicans suffer setbacks in 1874 mid-terms after being "caught in a trap" from the result of the third-term hoax.

Republican Setbacks in 1874

Republicans suffer setbacks in 1874 mid-terms after being "caught in a trap" from the result of the…

The Republican statesman at home.

Republican Statesman at Home

The Republican statesman at home.

The Republicans get ahead in Fall 1875 elections by smashing the "reformed" Tammany Hall.

Republicans Smash Tammany Hall

The Republicans get ahead in Fall 1875 elections by smashing the "reformed" Tammany Hall.

Nast depicts New York corruption where Tammany and Boss Tweed uses fear to gain respect.

Respect of Fear

Nast depicts New York corruption where Tammany and Boss Tweed uses fear to gain respect.

Uncle Sam criticizes Congress proposal to reduce the Army and Navy.

Retrenchment of U.S. Armed Forces

Uncle Sam criticizes Congress proposal to reduce the Army and Navy.

"A cartoon which appeared in the English journal Punch for November 17, 1860."—Webster, 1920

The Right Leg in the Boot at Last

"A cartoon which appeared in the English journal Punch for November 17, 1860."—Webster, 1920

Republican Theodore Roosevelt and Democratic Grover Cleveland reform without bloodshed.

Roosevelt and Cleveland Unite in Reform

Republican Theodore Roosevelt and Democratic Grover Cleveland reform without bloodshed.

Russia's "live and let live" motto.

Russia's Live and Let Live Motto

Russia's "live and let live" motto.

During the Russo-Turkish War, the European powers prepare to divide the spoils with peace rumors.

Russo-Turkish War

During the Russo-Turkish War, the European powers prepare to divide the spoils with peace rumors.

Nast depicts New York corruption - "Stop Thief!" - A stampede to find the scapegoat.

Stampede to Find the Scapegoat

Nast depicts New York corruption - "Stop Thief!" - A stampede to find the scapegoat.

Carl Schurz and the German vote for the 1872 Presidential Election.

Carl Schurz and the German Vote

Carl Schurz and the German vote for the 1872 Presidential Election.

Carl Schurz as Don Quixote attacking the United States Windmill.

Carl Schurz as Don Quixote

Carl Schurz as Don Quixote attacking the United States Windmill.

A caricature of Carl Schurz as the "Tower of Strength."

Carl Schurz Caricature

A caricature of Carl Schurz as the "Tower of Strength."

Carl Schurz attempts to discredit President Grant over the sale of arms to France.

Carl Schurz Discredits Grant

Carl Schurz attempts to discredit President Grant over the sale of arms to France.

Carl Schurz's attacks on President Grant are "played out."

Schurz's Attacks on Grant are Played Out

Carl Schurz's attacks on President Grant are "played out."

Carl Schurz's claims consigned to the dustbin after the 1872 Election defeat.

Schurz's Claims Consigned

Carl Schurz's claims consigned to the dustbin after the 1872 Election defeat.

A political cartoon of Horatio Seymour, an American politician. Seymour was governor from New York from 1853-1854 and 1863-1864. The caricature depicts Seymour as the Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States for the election of 1868 and how it "plunged him into a sea of troubles." Seymour lost the election to Republican Ulysses S. Grant.

Democratic Nominee Governor Horatio Seymour

A political cartoon of Horatio Seymour, an American politician. Seymour was governor from New York from…

Nast depicts Shandley and Tweed rehearsing A Mid Summer Night's Dream where Shandley is Puck. Shandley (as Puck): "Allow me to immortalize you, Boss!" Tweed (realizing his part): "I most emphatically and decidedly object to it. I am not deficient in common-sense."

Shandley and Tweed's Rehearsal

Nast depicts Shandley and Tweed rehearsing A Mid Summer Night's Dream where Shandley is Puck. Shandley…

The Senate rejects Alexander Shepherd as Governor of the District of Columbia.

Shepherd Rejected by Senate for Governor of DC

The Senate rejects Alexander Shepherd as Governor of the District of Columbia.

"Captured at last (June 3, 1875)." The wedding of General Phil Sheridan.

General Phil Sheridan's Wedding

"Captured at last (June 3, 1875)." The wedding of General Phil Sheridan.

Carl Shurz's reforms to the Indian Bureau.

Shurz's Reforms to the Indian Bureau

Carl Shurz's reforms to the Indian Bureau.

Passage of the bland Silver Bill as U.S. Hail Columbia abuses Uncle Sam for his doubtful financial policy.

Silver Bill Passage

Passage of the bland Silver Bill as U.S. Hail Columbia abuses Uncle Sam for his doubtful financial policy.

The dangers of the silver dollar become apparent when it falls upon Murat Halstead as Colonel Watterson cools the brow of Halstead.

Silver Dollar Dangers

The dangers of the silver dollar become apparent when it falls upon Murat Halstead as Colonel Watterson…

Nast's shadows of forthcoming events predicted the sinking of the commissioners. Nast depicts New York corruption under Tammany Hall Ring.

Sinking the Commissioners

Nast's shadows of forthcoming events predicted the sinking of the commissioners. Nast depicts New York…

Southern claims before Congress; the solid South change policy.

Southern Claims Before Congress

Southern claims before Congress; the solid South change policy.