Nast Draws “The Union as It Was” In 1874, Thomas Nast, a political
cartoonist for Harper’s Weekly, published
a one frame drawing titled “The Union as It Was.” A longtime cartoonist for the magazine, Nast
had his first political cartoon published on March 19, 1859, and he provided
drawings throughout the Civil War and Reconstruction period. Nast was outspoken...
The Civil War left the freedmen with no place to live, no food to put on their plates, and no opportunity for jobs. Responding to this problem, the government established The Freedmen’s Bureau. Launched on March 3, 1865, the Bureau provided relief to freed slaves, including giving out clothing, food, and medicine. The Bureau also confiscated land in some of the former confederate states to give...