What I Know About... // Gratz Brown Nametag // Anything To Beat Grant // This Is Not An Organ // Clasp Hands Over The Bloody Chasm // Go West, Young Man, Go West

Besides Nast’s mastery of caricature, knowledge of classic literature and mythology, inventive mind, and impish sense of humor, the incorporation of catchphrases and symbols into his cartoons was one of his most effective, and sometimes devastating, techniques.  That skill is nowhere on better display than in his images of Horace Greeley.  This website features Nast’s Greeley cartoons organized by four catchphrases—“What I Know About…”; “Clasp Hands over the Bloody Chasm”; “Anything to…”; and “Go West, Young Man, Go West”—along with two symbols—the Gratz Brown nametag and the organ that was not an organ.  Nast’s relentless use of these epithets and emblems merged into a negative public image that helped bury the candidacy of Horace Greeley.

Nast incorporated the slogan into his cartoons to emphasize the desperate extremes of the Greeley campaign efforts to defeat President Ulysses S. Grant.

April 13, 1872, p. 284
Beat Grant

May 4, 1872, p. 352
Beat Grant

May 11 1872, p. 364
Beat Grant

May 25, 1872, p. 401
Make Our Republic Look Ridiculous

May 25, 1872, p. 408
Beat Grant

June 1, 1872, p. 440
Beat Grant

June 8, 1872, p. 448
Get Votes

July 6, 1872, p. 536
Beat Grant

July 27, 1872, p. 585
for Revenge

August 10, 1872, p. 617
Get In

August 10, 1872, p. 624
Get Chestnuts

August 17, 1872, p. 633
Beat Grant

August 17, 1872, p. 637
Beat Grant

September 14, 1872, p. 713
Any Thing! Oh, Any Thing!

September 21, 1872, p. 744
Beat Grant

September 28, 1872, pp. 752-753
Beat Grant

October 19, 1872, p. 804
Beat Grant

November 23, 1872, pp. 912-913
Beat Grant



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