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“The Power Behind the Throne – He Cannot Call His Soul His Own” (October 29, 1870) Thomas Nast, Harper’s Weekly Magazine, New York Newsprint, woodblock engraving, hand colored Gift of Burton Hunter 1987.1.209



This political cartoon is one of Thomas Nast's most famous depictions of William Magear "Boss" Tweed, a corrupt New York City politician who gained power in 1863. Nast saw Tweed as the personification of corruption and greed. Nast used his cartoons to expose Tweed's crimes and contributed to Tweed's arrest.

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