History Nuggets: 1863 Santa Claus drawn political and choosing sides

The American Civil War began on April 12,1861… Christmas of 1863 has Thomas Nast…the early creator of political cartoons…drawing the epic sketches of Santa Claus during a continuing war-torn society and Santa clearly has chosen his side of the battle…and in some cases a very political Ho! Ho! Ho!  Check out the puppet in Santa’s hands…the jolly old elf’s hanging a wooden effigy of Confederate president Jefferson Davis.  Fascinating…

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Thomas Nast’s cartoon “Santa Claus in Camp” Harper’s Weekly 1863 by Pinterest