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Thomas Nast (1840-1902) was a famous German-American caricaturist and editorial cartoonist in the 19th century and is considered to be the "Father of the American Cartoon." His first serious works in caricature was the cartoon "Peace," (made in 1862) directed against those in the North who opposed the prosecution of the American Civil War. This and his other cartoons during the Civil War and Reconstruction days were published in Harper's Weekly. He was known for drawing battlefields in border and southern states. These attracted great attention, and Nast was called by President Abraham Lincoln "our best recruiting sergeant".   more from wikipedia »