October 9 sketch

For my research project, I will focus on Chinese immigration in 19th century by comparing two cartoonists and mention economic & cultural influences of Chinese immigration. One interesting digital archive I found for my proposal is “Protecting White Labor” by cartoonist Thomas Nast on Harper’s Weekly. In this cartoon, the speaker is dressed as a butcher who are not threatened by labor competition. Blaine appears indignant at the butcher’s overtures. Under his feet are torn pieces of the Burlingame Treaty, which enacted to protect Chinese immigrants in US. The interesting thing is that no Chinese individuals are depicted in the cartoon. Also, this cartoon acts as a bridge for me to illustrate Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882 and anti-chinese labor happened in San Francisco in order to make clear about causes behind the cartoon. Indeed, from Thomas Nast’s cartoon, it is obvious that the image is a severe indictment against Blaine. Nast makes his standpoint clearly that it’s necessary to show victimization of the Chinese, which helps me to do comparison with another cartoonist.protecting-white-labor-22-march-19-879


3 thoughts on “October 9 sketch”

  1. I’m researching very similar material except in the early 20th century. It would be interesting for me to see how heavily Nast’s early cartoons influenced the later cartoons and representations of immigrants in the 1920s and 30s. From your info I can see he and his methods are probably very influential.

  2. Thomas Nast is a very intriguing cartoonist. I am analyzing some of his work as well focusing more of Wall Street in the Harpers Weekly. It is interesting to see how you are going to analyze the works of Nast side by side with another artist. Might be a good idea to get an artist whose values differed from Nast’s to compare and contrast.

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