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The Democratic Donkey and the Republican Elephant


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Thomas Nast was born in Landau, Germany in 1840. He came to America with his family as a child. When he was fifteen, he had his first drawing published in a magazine. In 1862, Nast worked for a magazine called Harper's Weekly and began drawing political cartoons. He came up with the idea of using animals to represent the Republican and Democratic parties. Nast also invented the image of Santa Claus. Thomas Nast died in 1902.


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Thomas Nast's most famous image of Santa Claus was published in Harper's Weekly on January 1, 1881.

 

Democratic Donkey

Republican Elephant

Click on the Donkey and Elephant. What do you hear?

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Look at the image below. What animals do you see? Why are these animals important during elections?

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Stranger things have happened. Hold on, and you may walk over the sluggish animal up there yet

—Thomas Nast

Teacher Resources

Fact Monster
History of the Democratic Donkey
The Donkey and the Elephant - Whitehouse
The World of Thomas Nast

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