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"Stop Thief!"

Stop Thief!
Thomas Nast (1840-1902)
"Stop Thief!"
Published in Harper's Weekly,
October 7, 1871
Wood engraving, 1871
Prints & Photographs Division
Gift of Ben and Beatrice Goldstein, 1999

Thomas Nast's renowned illustrations in Harper's Weekly earned him the reputation as the nineteenth century's most influential political cartoonist. His popular editorial cartoons attacked the inadequacies of the post-Civil War Reconstruction era and worked to expose the political corruption of the infamous "Tweed Ring" in New York City's Tammany Hall.

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