The Democratic Donkey and the Republican Elephant
In an endeavor to fill my lust for facts, history and the knowledge of all things pertaining to this political election year, I've decided to learn the basic information about America's major political parties and share them.
I never cared much about the elections or the icons used to represent the parties until recently, very recently. Have you ever wondered who decided which animal went to which party?
I've read some articles that mention Thomas Nast as the inventor of the Republican symbol while others say he just pushed it along by putting a cartoon in Harper's Weekly in 1874 and
Republicans regard the donkey as stubborn, silly and ridiculous -- but the Democrats claim it is humble, homely, smart, courageous and loveable.
On the other hand, the Democrats think of the elephant as bungling, stupid, pompous and conservative -- but the Republicans think it is dignified, strong and intelligent.
labeling the elephant as the Republican Vote. Fact Monster
Thomas Nast (September 27, 1840 – December 7, 1902) was a German-born American caricaturist and editorial cartoonist who is considered to be the "Father of the American Cartoon".He was the scourge of Boss Tweed and the Tammany Hall political machine. Among his notable works were the creation of the modern version of Santa Claus and the political symbol of the elephant for the Republican Party. Contrary to popular belief, Nast did not create Uncle Sam (the male personification of the American people), Columbia, the female personification of American values, or the Democratic donkey, though he did popularize these symbols through his art. LEARN MORE
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