Greeley's Southern Tour

 “Diogenes Finds an Honest Man at Last”
  Source:  Harper’s Weekly
  Date:   June 24, 1871, p. 579

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
Nast’s initial reaction to Greeley’s ambiguous entry into the politics of the presidential race came in the form of two small satires in the Harper’s Weekly issue of June 24, 1871.  (The newspaper was in circulation on June 14, so the cartoons were likely completed well before the Union Square reception of June 12.)  The first, “Diogenes Finds an Honest Man at Last,” depicts Greeley in the role of the ancient Greek philosopher who legendarily searched for a truthful man.  With a raised lantern, the editor finds that honest man in a mirror shop when he stares at his own reflected image.  This is the first of several Nast cartoons that poke fun at Greeley’s reputation for honesty.



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