About the Program
Fiona Deans Halloran recounts the life of political cartoonist Thomas Nast (1840-1902). A regular contributor to Harper's Weekly, Nast made popular the donkey and elephant as symbols of the Democratic and Republican Parties. Ms. Halloran examines the role the cartoonist played in Gilded Age politics and his many detractors, William "Boss" Tweed, and friends, Mark Twain that he accrued throughout his career. Fiona Deans Halloran speaks at the Filson Historical Society in Louisville, Kentucky.