Notable Folks of Madison County

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The Feldmans

“Doc” West

Aaron Bliss

“Talby” Button

Frank Baum

Grove Hinman





Thomas Nast’s “Uncle Sam’s Thanksgiving Dinner

Harper’s Weekly, November 20, 1869, p.745.


     “Uncle Sam’s Thanksgiving Dinner” marks the highpoint of Nast’s Reconstruction-era idealism. By November 1869 the Fourteenth Amendment, which secures equal rights and citizenship to all Americans, was ratified. Congress had sent the Fifteenth Amendment, which forbade racial discrimination in voting rights, to the states and its ratification appeared certain. Although the Republican Party had absorbed a strong nativist element in the 1850s, its commitment to equality seemed to overshadow lingering nativism, a policy of protecting the interests of indigenous residents against immigrants. Two national symbols, Uncle Sam and Columbia, host all the peoples of the world who have been attracted to the United States by its promise of self-government and democracy. Germans, African Americans, Chinese, Native Americans, Germans, French, Spaniards: “Come one, come all,” Nast cheers at the lower left corner.


(Courtesy of the Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library)




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